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Seven cash-in-transit heist suspects face bail hearing in Mpumalanga

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Seven suspects, three of which are police officers stationed at the White River Flying Squad in Mpumalanga, are expected to appear at the Tonga Magistrate’s Court for a bail hearing.

They were arrested in connection to a cash in transit heist that happened three weeks ago near Malelane.

The police officers – Collen Nonyane, Sunday Mashego and Bhekinkosi Godi – were arrested on the N4 by the police assisted by a security company.

In a statement issued by the South African Police Service following the arrest, Brigadier Selvy Mohala explains how the arrest happened.

“The firearms and explosives were allegedly collected by the members of the Whiteriver Flying Squad. While on the road, the Tracking Team attempted to intercept their vehicle however, they instead sped off. A chase ensued and they (flying squad) dumped their cargo at the sugar cane farm. The Tracking Team tried again to stop them through siren and blue lights but to no avail. They had to resort to shooting the wheel of the car and that is when it came to a halt. They then got out of their vehicle and fled on foot. A constable was immediately arrested whilst the other two disappeared in the darkness. Another one, a Sergeant was arrested that later that morning, hiding in a farrow next to the road.”

The police officers have also been linked to four men arrested for a cash-in-transit heist in Tonga, Nkomazi three weeks ago.

Musa Bhekifa Ngwenyama, Ali Ebrahim, Bheki Lawrence Lubisi and Sibusiso Vilakazi allegedly attacked the van transporting money and robbed it R8 000 in coins.

All seven suspects are facing thirteen charges including possession of illegal firearms and contravention of the explosives act.

The traffic officer allegedly linked to a foiled cash-in-transit heist in Hazyview last week, has been denied bail in the White River Magistrate’s Court. 29-year-old, Khanyisile Nyalunga, works at the City of Mbombela Traffic Department in Mpumalanga. She faces charges including attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, conspiracy to commit a crime and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, a traffic officer allegedly linked to a foiled cash-in-transit heist in Hazyview last week was denied bail earlier this month in the White River Magistrate’s Court.

29-year-old Khanyisile Nyalunga, who works at the City of Mbombela Traffic Department in Mpumalanga, faces charges including attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, conspiracy to commit a crime and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

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