Cash-in-transit robbers strike in Cape Town

Forensic officers at the scene of a cash-in-transit heist on Jakes Gerwel road in Athlone, Cape Town on Monday June 18 2018
Forensic officers at the scene of a cash-in-transit heist on Jakes Gerwel road in Athlone, Cape Town on Monday June 18 2018
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES

Wet bank notes lay stuck to the tarmac around a badly damaged G4S cash-in-transit van after it was shot at during an apparent heist on a busy motorway in Cape Town on Monday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed that there had been a cash-in-transit incident on Jakes Gerwel Drive (formerly Vanguard Drive).

A team of forensic experts were coming the scene for clues just before 11am‚ watched by hundreds of bystanders. A security officer‚ wearing a G4S uniform‚ walked around with his head covered by a bandage.

Another cash van was ambushed on June 18, 2018, this time in Cape Town during the morning rush hour. One of the hundreds of bystanders captured the attack on video. Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed that a cash-in-transit incident had taken place on Jakes Gerwel Drive but could not yet provide further details.

It was unclear if any money was taken but video footage taken by witnesses recorded several gunshots being fired‚ causing mayhem in early-morning traffic as motorists tried to get away from the scene.

The road was cordoned off as residents of Hanover Park and Manenberg gathered nearby‚ some suggesting that if the wind picked up the wet cash would blow in their direction.

The side of the cash van appeared to have been ripped open. There were bullet impact marks on the front windows. Initial reports suggested that two cash vans were targeted‚ but this could not be confirmed.

City of Cape Town spokesperson Richard Coleman confirmed that Jakes Gerwel Drive was closed in both directions between Weltevreden and Turfhall Road.

This is a developing story; it will be updated when police release more details.

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