Members from various units from the South African Police
Service (SAPS) and the Hawks have been mobilized to investigate the robbery at
a Fidelity base in the west of Pretoria.
Members from various units from the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Hawks have been mobilized to investigate the robbery at a Fidelity base in the west of Pretoria.
The facility belonging to the Fidelity Services Group was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash in Hermanstad in the early hours of Saturday morning.
National police have since revealed more information about the daring robbery, confirming the attackers were wearing Fidelity uniforms.
“A group of armed men, dressed in what appeared to Fidelity uniform and balaclavas, entered the premises and held the guards at gunpoint and assaulted some employees,” reads the statement released by national police later on Saturday.
Fidelity confirmed earlier that two security guards were injured.
National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, has activated the 72-hour plan.
“Various disciplines from the South African Police Service, including Crime Intelligence and forensic experts as well as the Hawks, which forms part of the Activation Plan, are currently at the crime scene conducting preliminary investigations.”
According to the statement, members of the top management of the Fidelity Group are also at the scene to assist detectives while also trying to ascertain the extent of the loss incurred.
Acting provincial commissioner Patricia Rampota presented the province's 2020/21 second-quarter crime statistics to the legislature's Portfolio Committee on Community Safety on Tuesday. Rampota told the committee that criminals found new ways to bypass the system. But even though the lockdown impacted crime fighting efforts in the province, Rampota said police were still able to stay on top of crime-fighting efforts.
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