Cash-in-transit heists hurting economy: Hawks

Cash-in-transit heists hurting economy: Hawks

Hawks boss Godfrey Lebeya has expressed concern over a spike of cash-in-transit heists, which he said are hurting the economy.

CIT Robbery
Pic Courtesy: Abramjee

Lebeya briefed the media on Monday about the crime-fighting unit's achievements in the third quarter of the financial year.

Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele said 46 cash-in-transit robberies were reported between October and December 2023.

That was 11 less than the same period in the previous year.

Sixteen of the heists took place in Gauteng, 12 in the Eastern Cape and nine in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The DPCI, in collaboration with private organisations, continues to strengthen the fight against these crimes. For this quarter, 55 arrests were effected, and five convictions were secured for CIT,” Lebeya said.

“Sixteen nuggets of unwrought gold worth R4 579 800 in cash were recovered and four vehicles seized. The suspects appeared before the magistrate in Parys on 27 November 2023 for contravention of the Precious Metals Act 37 of 2005, and again on 29 January 2024.”


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