Suspected cash-in-transit explosives dealers to apply for bail

2018-06-18 09:58
Cash in transit guards march in Cape Town against attacks on them and their vehicles. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Cash in transit guards march in Cape Town against attacks on them and their vehicles. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


WATCH: Attackers use explosives on cash-in-transit vehicle, escape empty handed

2018-03-14 14:01

Two videos posted on Facebook by the Intelligence Bureau SA shows a cash-in-transit heist on an armoured vehicle on the N12 highway near Rondebult Road. Rapid response from police officials caused the attackers to escape empty handed.WATCH

Two alleged explosives dealers have been arrested in the Barberton area in Mpumalanga as the Hawks continue with their crackdown on cash-in-transit heists, spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Monday.

Johan Richard Thwala, 35, and Themba Ngwenya, 32, were arrested following intelligence gathering by several specialist agencies in the Hawks and police, including the dog unit.

They appeared in the Barberton Magistrate's Court on Friday to face charges of dealing in and possessing explosives.

"Various explosives including blasting cartridges, detonators, ammonium nitrate pills and detonating fuses and cash were seized during the operation," said Mulaudzi.

MAP: 140 heists and counting - tracking the 'dangerous' surge in 2018 cash-in-transit robberies

The Hawks suspect they are linked to the supply of explosives to cash heist syndicates.

They are being held in custody and will apply for bail on Thursday.

Security guards employed by cash-in-transit companies marched in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town last week to demand urgent protective action from government, the police and the companies for which they work.

More than 150 heists have taken place in various parts of the country since January.

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre told Parliament earlier in June that five guards, two civilians and eight perpetrators had been killed while 62 guards have been injured in heists this year so far.

Author of the book Heist Anneliese Burgess wrote that criminals told her they target the vans because it is "lucrative, it's easy and it's low risk".

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    hawks  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  heists

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.