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'Soshanguve mall heist was inside job'

The Social Development Minister visited victims shot and wounded during a robbery at Soshanguve Plaza.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini visits Samuel Malemela who was shot and wounded in the Soshanguve Mall robbery. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says she suspects last week's brazen robbery and shooting at the Soshanguve Plaza was an inside job.

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

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

On Wednesday Dlamini visited victims who were shot and wounded during the cash-in-transit robbery at a pension paypoint.

Victims Samuel Malemela and Wilhelmina Skhosana will receive assistance from the department.

The department says while it does have safety measures in place, it will work to strengthen security at paypoints.

Dlamini says while there have been several armed robbery attempts at pension paypoints, security officials have managed to protect members of the public and defuse the situation.

"State security sometimes has information on these things so they are dealt with even before they happen."

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

WATCH: Pensioners shot during daring Soshanguve cash heist.

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