Cop, 3 others killed in KZN cash-in-transit heist

2014-01-28 21:06

Johannesburg - A police officer and three others have been killed during a cash-in-transit robbery in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.

Security company staff were delivering cash at an ATM when they were held up by five armed men on Monday, said police spokesperson Jay Naicker.

"A security official, Izak Phungula, was shot dead when the suspects opened fire on him.

"Unfortunately for the suspects, the money was destroyed when the dye pack exploded and coated the cash with ink," Naicker said.

The men abandoned the cash, took the deceased security officer's firearm and fled in a blue Toyota RunX.

"The suspects fired several shots whilst fleeing and two bystanders were injured as a result of them shooting randomly. Richmond police heard the gunshots and started to pursue the suspects," Naicker said.

Police later spotted the men exchanging vehicles at a quarry outside the town.

Naicker said the men opened fire on the police and a shoot-out ensued.

"Sergeant Thami Zondi was shot dead in the head while his colleague was shot in the chest. One of the suspects also died on the scene. The remaining suspects fled in a Toyota Hilux LDV."

The wounded police officer was taken to hospital.

When the fleeing suspects came across a police roadblock, they abandoned the Toyota and fled on foot.

"The suspects opened fire on police and there was an exchange of gunfire. They were eventually arrested in the bush and had sustained gunshot wounds. One of them died as a result of his injuries," said Naicker.

An AK-47 rifle and a 9mm pistol were recovered from the men.

The remaining three suspects were under police guard in hospital, said Naicker.

  • Longile Bongani - 2014-01-28 21:37

    These cops are heros! Tragic loss of the lives of the security guard and the police officer

  • Seek Anfind - 2014-01-28 22:01

    well done to the cops..

  • Riot Ammo - 2014-01-28 22:27

    That's was an action movie I can tell

  • Chris Ngwenyama - 2014-01-28 22:29


  • blemz - 2014-01-29 09:20

    Sad for the loss of innocent lives at the hands of these animals. But well done for the pro active action taken by police...this is rare. Deserves credit when its due!

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-01-29 10:48

    WELL DONE and a BIG thank you to the Cops,

  • Rob Tubbs - 2014-01-29 18:49

    Should have killed the whole bloody lot of them......

  • Nathan R Bell - 2014-02-04 16:25


  • Valentine Masina - 2014-03-10 16:22

    Sounds like a James Bond Story

  • Rob Tubbs - 2014-03-10 16:48

    Well done Cops. Condolences to the families of those killed.. As for the perpetrators, surely they can be shot and killed 'whilst trying to escape' when they make 'indications' during the Police investigation.....

  • Nomathemba Nyme Zondi - 2015-01-15 00:51

    We are still mourning the death of my brother Sgnt Thami Zondi! He died a hero, trying to live upon his oath that he took when joining the force! Sadly, the case is dragging as we want closure and justice to be served. I fear that there's nothing one can do abt SA crime , as long as we r still facing unemployment. Yes, these animals are looking for a short cut at the expenses of another man's blood, but I think our government needs extreme intervention . There's still a long way to go. Farm killings had re-emerged, there are number of cases reported every month, why. In Zulu they say, "isosha lifela emsebenzini walo", my brother indeed died in the line of duty . I still have a picture of his body lying down and lifeless. Three men were caught and seven are still on the run... And another three were also shot on the scene.

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