Nelspruit: 06 July 2023 – The Police in White River are probing a Cash-In-Transit robbery incident which occurred yesterday, Wednesday 05 July 2023 at about 17h30. A group of robbers got away with cash after shooting and injuring two guards near White River.
According to a report, security guards were traveling along the road between Sabie and White River when they came across a convoy of vehicles driven by suspects. One of the vehicles was a single cab Ford Ranger bakkie and the rest of the vehicles have not been described yet.
The guards were reportedly heading to Nelspruit and at approximately 18 kilometres away from White River, the security officers were attacked by this group of armed suspects who fired some shots at them, forcing their van to come to a standstill.
In the process, the driver of the security van was shot twice in the upper body whilst his crew was shot in the head. Further information indicates that the suspects detonated some explosives to gain access to cash inside the van. It is further indicated that the suspects managed to get away with undisclosed amount of cash.
After stealing cash, the suspects fled the scene, leaving behind the victims bleeding profusely and with gunshot wounds.
The Police as well as paramedics were called to the scene and upon arrival, the two were taken to hospital for medical treatment meanwhile police opened a case of robbery (Cash-In-Transit) with another charge of attempted murder as well as contravention of the explosive Act of South Africa.
A team of experts in the field of investigation has since been established under the leadership of the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela. A manhunt for the suspects have since been launched and no one has been arrested so far.
Therefore police urge anyone with information that may assist in apprehending the perpetrators to call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has vowed that police will work tirelessly to ensure that perpetrators thereof are soon brought to book. “We cannot allow any of our law enforcers to be attacked by Criminals and we are working around the clock to close in on them. We are confident that as we continue with this investigation, our public will also cooperate with us as they always do by availing information to this regard. It is just a matter of time before we lock them up” said the General.