Robbers set van alight with guard inside

2011-09-27 22:30

Bloemfontein - A security guard was injured when robbers set alight a cash-in-transit van during a robbery at Harmony Gold's Masimong mine, in Hennenman, on Tuesday, said Free State police.

The guard was inside the van when robbers doused it with petrol and set it alight, said Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana. He got out, but his right arm was burnt.

The injured guard and a colleague had been making a cash delivery to a financial institution at the mine, he said.

He was driving and stayed in the van while the other guard carried a drop-off safe into the building.

A group of men confronted the guard with the money when he opened the safe.

Two of the robbers were armed with handguns and one with a rifle.

They took the guard’s pistol and plastic bags containing an unknown amount of money, and set the van alight on their way out.

They made their getaway in a green Toyota Corolla.

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-27 21:33


      PoloyaPere - 2011-09-28 08:38

      I would prefere them to be shot on sight and not arrested. They have proven themselves that they dont have any soul left in them.They are just rats.

  • Statistics - 2011-09-27 22:06

    That is an absolute disgrace. No respect for human life!

      proudandpink - 2011-09-27 23:56

      These things cannot even be classified as human. Put them down!

  • Wouter - 2011-09-27 22:39

    Why were there only two guards? Why the hell didn't the guard fight back? Was he armed with a water pistol? Isn't standard procedure at least two on lookout and two to drop off? I can understand if packs of robbers take on transit security, but this is honestly pathetic. Unless there's something I'm missing here, this security company is obviously lax and endangered their people with this half-assed attitude.

      AJ2 - 2011-09-28 02:00

      Absolutely, certainly a different drop off procedure from what we see at shopping centers and the like...

      Mlu - 2011-09-28 09:54

      Wouter, exactly my point. These guards had no intention of putting up any resistance. Whilst they were dousing the cash van, what were the guards doing, cowering under the seats? Moreover, guards need to be more alert when delivering cash than the laxity these ones have shown. I suspect an inside job here.

  • SAFCan - 2011-09-27 22:43

    Our slide into anarchy continues unabated. Don't believe those crime stats, those figures have been doctored! Don’t blame apartheid or colonialism; you get what you voted for!

      PikeLee - 2011-09-28 06:45

      I agree. I lot of crime doesn't get reported. Such as my gf's handbag that was mugged of her handbag, the police just laughed at us when we tried to report it. And the same, when my colleague was mugged yesterday

  • Ay Gee Wils - 2011-09-27 22:50

    yislaaik .... waar is ons nou?

  • Dan154 - 2011-09-27 23:15

    clever guard.. He knows that the money is insured anyway... No need to to die for it.. Bravo!!

      RonJ - 2011-09-28 07:56

      Stupid criminals. Prepared to burn another human being alive for money. Animals will always be animals. God made them that way. sad ...

  • Ralph2 - 2011-09-28 05:36

    Just think about it. If these criminals get caught and are sent to prison they have the vote. They have TV, free medical, three meals a day, free clothing etc. The taxpayer,including the taxpaying victim must pay to keep him or her there. Prisoners rights!!!! I passed a prison near Swellendam. It is right on the N2. They were having a wonderful time sunbathing, playing soccer and whatever. We all know how we feel but the upper echalons couldn't care two figs.

  • Dmitri - 2011-09-28 06:29

    Just another day here in SA. Maybe if zuma, malema or someone else in those positions get killed, maybe the government will get serious about crime. Until then, us normal citizens will continue to pay the price.

  • DFSS - 2011-09-28 08:02

    Did Winnie not said , with a tyre, petrol and matches we will liberate the country? Should e not deal in that way with all SA murdering criminals, white and black?

      one-way - 2011-09-28 08:51

      Whats with the negative vibes? It`s called Brandfort Bling!

  • York Hunt - 2011-09-28 08:07

    This is indicative of South Africa's out-of-control crime problem!

  • Elle_black - 2011-09-28 08:31

    I bet they are zimbanwean or mozambican

      Point Blank - 2011-09-28 09:24

      Nope, the last time guards were burnt alive the criminals were South African - we love setting people alight, especially foreigners.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-09-28 08:33

    What you gonna do about the crime Mr President?

      Point Blank - 2011-09-28 09:24

      Hahahaha!! Who?

  • capetonian - 2011-09-28 08:44

    I regard myself as a reasonable, balanced educated and informed individual. Much the same as many of the people who comment on this site. But, when faced with the barbaric behaviour experienced here, there should be an amendment to our Constitution which allows a presiding Judge in a trial to consider the sanction of capital punishment - for offences of this nature - including serial rapists, murderers of policemen etc. Nobody should think that they can commit this kind of crime and NOT receive the ultimate punishment!

      Point Blank - 2011-09-28 09:25

      Well it will soon become that, the only problem is it will be ordinary citizens doing it if the justice system continues to make a mockery of us...

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-10-25 09:44

    Soulless bastards. No regard for life at all.

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