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MEC calls for collaborative approach in dealing with cash-in-transit heists

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane met with various law enforcement agencies on Monday to discuss the spate of cash van attacks being experienced in the province.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has called for closer collaboration between the authorities and the private sector in the fight against cash-in-transit robberies.

The MEC met with various law enforcement agencies on Monday to discuss the spate of cash van attacks being experienced in the province.

Nkosi-Malobane says about 100 cash heists have been reported in the province but arrests have only been made in 11 of the cases.

The Community Safety Department’s Ofentse Morwane says more needs to be done to tackle this crime.

“The MEC requested for a collaborative approach to deal with the cash-in-transit heists, so that law enforcement agencies work together to prevent this from reoccurring in the province.”

The MEC has also appealed to the community to come forward with information which may lead to the arrest of suspects.

The department says they recovered several firearms during arrests and a total of 16 vehicles were recovered from some of the suspects, including two police radios and two military bullet proof vest. Police also receovered cash of R95 million from the scene and suspects.

“Criminals are proving to be sophisticated lately, therefore a collective approach to deal with cash-in-transit heist is critical. It is important that we commit all our resources and engage all the law enforcement agencies in the province to deal with this challenge. We cannot allow these criminals to walk our streets and instil fear among ordinary citizens."

The MEC says she's instructed the crime intelligence team to work around the clock to ensure that all suspects linked with the cash heists are arrested.

"All law enforcement agencies and specialised units must work together to deal with the scourge of cash-in-transit heists."

The MEC adds there's an urgent need to collaborate with private security in the fight against the syndicates.

"I call upon members of the community who might have information on some of these suspects to report them to the authorities."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)