Pensioners describe fear after Soshanguve mall heist

Nine senior citizens and two security guards were shot and wounded by stray bullets in the cash heist.

Police are investigating a cash heist at a pension point in Soshanguve Mall north of Pretoria. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Traumatised pensioners have described frightening scenes at the Soshanguve Plaza during an armed robbery in which several people were shot and wounded.

A gang of about 10 robbers cornered security guards at the centre earlier today as they were delivering money to a pension point.

One elderly woman recalled how she and others had to run for cover when armed criminals opened fire on guards

"We pushed the gate until it fell and we also fell over. At that time shots were being fired."

Parts of the mall have been closed off by police investigating the brazen robbery and shootout.

Nine senior citizens and two security guards were shot and wounded by stray bullets in a cash heist at the mall.

The police's Lolo Mangena says the crime is shocking.

"It's the first time where we have a case where elderly people are attacked like this. We have pushed many of our units to go out and find information on the perpetrators."

Police are searching for the armed criminals who escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

Elderly people who are still there after the shootout say they are feeling vulnerable and discouraged as they now have to go back home without their pension payout.

Earlier, police said the suspects abandoned a BMW at the scene and fled in unknown vehicles.

It's understood the guards were taking the money to a pension point when they were attacked.

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