Suspect arrested after pension pay-point heist

2013-04-12 15:46

A 37-year-old suspect has been arrested after a woman in her fifties and two security guards were killed in Lindelani, north of Durban, during a cash heist by an eight-member gang of robbers at a pension pay point.

Inanda police are investigating a case of robbery with aggravating circumstances, as well as the murder cases.

The police’s Captain Thulani Zwane said the woman, believed to be in her 50s, was caught in the crossfire between members of the gang and employees of a security company that delivered cash to the pay point.

She has not been identified by members of her family.

Two Fidelity security guards were also killed.

He could also not name the guards until their next of kin had been informed.

According to Zwane, the incident happened around 8am this morning at a hall in A-Section.

“Preliminary reports indicate that the suspects came in a Quantum minibus, which they used as their getaway vehicle,” said Zwane.

“They were armed with rifles,” he added.

The robbers did not manage to take cash but got away with three shot guns and three rifles.

Two members of the public were injured and have been hospitalised.

The getaway car, a Toyota Corolla, which had been reported stolen earlier this year in Umbilo, south of Durban, has been recovered.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has labelled the shooting as “bastardly”. He called on the community to work with police in “hunting and arresting the perpetrators”.

“This shocking conduct of criminality can only be carried out by elements who do not deserve to be in the midst of civilised people. We call on all ANC members in Lindelani to work with the police and give any information to the police. We call on the police to leave no stone unturned to apprehend these elements,” Mthembu said in a statement.

Mthembu said such incidents highlighted the need for tightened judicial penalties for people who are bent on undermining public safety and don’t value the lives of others.

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