JOHANNESBURG – Thursday morning at 9.30 am, a motorist recorded a shootout, which occurred when several gunmen wielding rifles exchanged fire with G4S security during a cash-in-transit heist. The gangsters were travelling in an SUV and other vehicles. The gang bombed two cash vehicles that were making their way to a bank from their depot in Kempton Park, which ended up in a brazen shoot-out in broad-daylight at the George Gogh Hostel between police and the gangsters. The gangsters sealed off a block in the suburb of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg’s commercial center, before calmly detonating explosives under the cash vans.
“Two cash armored vehicles en route from a depot to a bank in Kempton Park were confronted by about four vehicles with a group of heavily armed suspects. A brief shoot-out ensued and the security guards were injured in the resultant skirmish. The security were then disarmed and both the trucks were damaged with explosives. The suspects then fled the scene with undisclosed amount of money,” said spokesman Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
“Police responded swiftly and gave chase with the help of a [South African Police Service] SAPS helicopter. The suspects continued shooting at the police however they were eventually cornered around the Denver area leading to the arrest of five suspects aged between 26 and 48 at the George Goch Hostel. Several firearms including AK47 rifles and ammunition, vehicles suspected to have been used and some of the stolen money were seized.”
These guys are professionals, not minor leaguers. South Africa is currently experiencing a surge of cash-in-transit heists and this event is not anomaly.
The incident looked like the shootout scene in “Heat” (1995) starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer with the Mbaqanga favor.
“They shot at the two G4S vans and then there was an exchange of fire between them and the security officers. Two security officers were shot in the process,” Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said.
“We also recovered a rifle after the cash-in-transit heist which happened at about 9.30am. It is alleged that more than 10 suspects who were driving in four vehicles approached two G4S security vans‚” said Masondo.
“It is a worry for us as the police with the number of cash-in-transit heist that we are encountering these days. But we’ve got measures in place [to deal with them]. Now that we have arrested these ones‚ it is a breakthrough and we believe that it [crime] will come down‚” Masondo said.
Cash in transit heist at cnr corlett and ontdekkers road in Roodepoort
According to the Sandton Chronicle, “When the victims’ car approached the robots (traffic light), the suspect started shooting at the car with an AK-47 and then jumped on his motorcycle and drove off.”
Another witness said some of the gangsters drove off in an Audi A4, which was believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle.
“The security officer fired a shot at the suspects as they were escaping.” Masondo said.
Authorities have not disclosed how much money was stolen.
5 of the Gangsters where captured, Paul Sibanda, 28; Thato Gaopantwe, 26; Colin Hadebe, 42; Sibusiso Khumalo, 34; and Thabo Molefe, 32. The five arrested appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
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This topic of shoot outs in South Africa is new to me. Sinead McCarthy (not associated with Renegade anymore) has made “Between Heaven And Hell: The True Story of Whites in South Africa,” which is a great documentary about white plight in South Africa.
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