Security company, Fidelity, has raised concern about the increasing number of cash-in-transit heists in the country.
Two of the company’s employees were arrested this week for stealing more than one-million-rand.
The money was recovered from a house in Ekurhuleni.
Fidelity CEO Wahl Bartmann says the company conducts a number of checks on its staff to prevent internal theft.
He says the manner in which recent heists have been conducted, is posing a huge safety threat to their staff as well as the public.
“We do random checks on all our staff. There is zero tolerance approach in our business and that’s what we’ll do. I think there’s a lot of technology deployed in our vehicles. The ambush in the way that we get attacked is so violent and serious that its very difficult to defend that. The modus operandi has changed to using explosives where the vehicles were built for other purposes to protect the cash inside and that’s currently a huge problem.”
In the latest incident, Mpumalanga police are searching for a group of suspects who robbed a G4S cash-in-transit vehicle on the road between eLukwatini and Mbombela on Thursday afternoon.
Police spokesperson Jabu Ndubane says when the cash-in-transit vehicle approached a bakkie parked along side the road, it came under fire.
She says the security officers driving the cash vehicle were forced to stop.
“They were ordered to get out of the vehicle and they were ordered to lie down, as they lay down explosives were used to blast the car. An undisclosed amount of money was taken.”
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