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Three arrested after cash-in-transit robbery at pension paypoint in Glen Grey

Sep 15, 2018
Three arrested after cash-in-transit robbery at pension paypoint in Glen Grey

Three alleged cash-in-transit robbers are expected in court after they were arrested on Friday by police following a robbery incident at a pension payment point in the Eastern Cape.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, this is evidence that the South African Police Service’s high density multidisciplinary stabilisation operation is continuing to yield positive results in reducing the number of cash in transit robberies since its launch in the beginning of June. 

She said that the three alleged cash-in-transit robbers were arrested within a few hours of carrying out a robbery at Zingqitu Administration, in the Glen Grey area, near Lady Frere, in the Eastern Cape.

"It is alleged that an unknown number of suspects ordered pensioners at gunpoint to lie down and confronted the security officers that were preparing money for the pension payout," Col Muridili described.

"The suspects overpowered the security officers and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

"The multidisciplinary team comprising of various units including the SAPS' K9 Unit and Airwing was activated as part of the 72-hour Activation Plan to hunt down the suspects."

She added that the team cordoned off the area and with the assistance of the Airwing, three suspects were arrested and undisclosed amount of money, two firearms and a vehicle believed to have been used as a getaway car were recovered. 

National Commissioner of the Police, General Khehla John Sitole, has commended the swift reaction and implementation of the 72-hour Activation Plan that resulted in the arrest of the three suspects and the recovery of money, firearms and a vehicle.

“Armed robberies are crimes that instill fear in our communities. I am happy that the alleged perpetrators of this incident that sought to rob the vulnerable members of our communities of their livelihood will be facing the full might of the law,” said General Sitole.