Limpopo police say they are adopting a zero tolerance approach towards cash-in-transit heists in the province.

Five suspects were arrested while one was killed in a gun fight with police after a heist on the R71 road between Tzaneen and Hoedspruit on Tuesday night.

The police’s Motlafela Mojapelo says several suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

“We are exercising a zero tolerance approach on the cash in transit heists, and this latest arrest is a manifestation to hit hard on such arrests following the cash in transit robbery that took place last night and the subsequent arrests,” says Mojapelo.

He says that police are investigating charges of attempted murder, and possession of unlicensed firearms among others. The suspects will be appearing in the Tzaneen magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

“Police say they are worried that items belonging to the SAPS and the SANDF are being used to commit cash in transit heists in Limpopo.”

Police recovered army and police equipment, that include bullet proof vests, R5 rifles and the police’s blue lights in Tuesday night’s heist.

Mojapelo says, “If there is any one of our own who is responsible for providing this kind of equipment and be dealt with accordingly.”

The five suspects are due to appear in court soon.

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