During the early hours of this morning, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, known as the Hawks, arrested four (4) suspects in connection with the R87million SBV cash point robbery which was committed in eMalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga, two weeks ago.
The arrest was made during a joint collaboration between members of the Hawks and SBV.
Two of the suspects are employees of SBV’s cash centre in eMalahleni and another suspect is a police reservist from the area. In the reservist’s shop in eMalahleni, the team seized six thousand rand (R6000), two police blue lights and two police bullet proof vests. The suspects took the team to a house in Carolina, Mpumalanga where R990 000 was recovered, stashed in a metal container hidden in the yard and in a washing machine.
The arrests are in connection with an armed robbery which occurred on 27 April 2014 at about 21:00. A group of armed men accosted four security guards at SBV’s eMalahelni cash point and robbed the cash depot R87 million. The four guards were forced to drink a poisonous substance before being taken away from the scene and dropped-off along the road in Kromdraai, eMalahelni. The four guards are still in a local hospital. Three are in a critical condition, while the fourth is slowly recuperating.
“This arrest has been facilitated by the outstanding collaboration between the SBV and the Hawks investigating team. They were swift in tracking and tracing these suspects. The team will not rest until all suspects are behind bars” said the National Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat
The suspects will appear in the eMalahleni Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 8 May 2014 on charges of armed robbery.
More arrests are still on the card.