Robbers set van alight with guard inside
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.