Boksburg heist suspects back in court

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The five men who were arrested for the violent cash-in-transit heist in Boksburg earlier this month will on Wednesday be back in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court, east of Johannesburg.

The five were charged with attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of explosives and malicious damage to property.

The heist happened on Atlas Road in Boksburg. The alleged robbers blew up two G4S vans and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

At least eight people were injured.

The Police Service and various stakeholders will gather in Parliament to come up with strategies on how to root out the scourge of cash in transit heists in the country.

The vetting and life style audits of security company employees will also come under the spotlight.

The SA Banking Risk Centre, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, trade unions and experts in technology used in crime are among those to brief the police committee.

As the country has been grappling with a rapid increase in cash in transit heists over the last few months, Police Committee chairperson Francois Beukman says the question lifestyle audits and the of vetting security company employees also require priority.

Beukman says it has become clear that syndicates are well briefed about the routes and the number of people who are transporting the money on certain routes, especially in the rural areas.

All this will come under the spotlight in Wedneday’s committee meeting.

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