Cash van blown to bits in Rustenburg as bystanders loot

Iavan Pijoos Journalist
Police said the security guards were forced out of the van before it was blown up.
Police said the security guards were forced out of the van before it was blown up.
Image: Saps

North West police have launched a manhunt for a gang that bombed and robbed a G4S cash-in-transit van of an undisclosed amount of money near the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Sunday.

National police spokesperson Col Athlenda Mathe said the suspects allegedly used a stolen maroon Mercedes-Benz to ram into the truck, forcing it to a standstill. 

“The security guards were then forced out of the van before it was blown up.

“Shots were fired between the suspects and the escort vehicle, but no-one sustained injuries. The suspects are believed to have fled in various vehicles, including a white Audi Q7,” she said.

Video footage of yesterday’s #CITRobbery in Rustenburg NW. Cash van bombed. #CrimeWatch

Posted by Make SA Safe on Monday, November 22, 2021

In a video shared on social media, several bystanders can be seen picking up money.

Mathe urged community members not to participate in looting and interfere with crime scenes.

“When a robbery is committed, the area becomes a crime scene, and those looting at such crime scenes often contaminate the scene, which will constitute a crime of theft as well as defeating the ends of justice.”

#CITRobbery Rustenburg NW. Cash van bombed.

Posted by Make SA Safe on Sunday, November 21, 2021

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