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We are always suspected after heists, say guards

By unknown | Nov 23, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

A cash-in-transit guard alleged yesterday that they were accused of the crime by their employers and assaulted by the police if their vehicles or depots were robbed.

The guard said he and three colleagues were arrested and assaulted by police after Coin Security's Midrand depot was robbed two weeks ago.

At the time of their arrest Coin's managing director, Hendrick Kekana, said: "Though the robbers were wearing masks, three of them were immediately identified by our sophisticated electronic surveillance equipment."

But the men - allegedly badly assaulted by police who wanted them to admit they had stolen the money - were released a few days later because they could not be positively linked to the robbery.

George Maduna, 33, who has been with the company for 10 years, said whenever there was a heist they feared for their jobs.

"When there is a heist we know we are the first suspects to our employers. The next day it's either they'll call the police for you, suspend you or dismiss you," he said.


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