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WATCH: Eyewitness captures explosions as cash-in-transit thieves strike

17 May, 03:06 PM

Employees at the Renault East Rand dealership got a little more than they bargained for at work on Thursday morning when they ended up with front row seats to an explosive cash-in-transit heist. 

Gaileen Naidoo, an accountant at the dealership, filmed the moment two cash-in-transit vans were blown up.

Three explosions can be seen in the video.  

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Naidoo told News24 that she and her fellow terrified employees had laid down on the floor.

"It was very scary. I have worked here for eight years and nothing of this sort has ever happened," she said.

One of her colleagues is eight months pregnant and Naidoo can be heard trying to calm her down in the video. 

"She is actually due next month." 

Naidoo says they didn't realise what was happening at first.

"It sounded like a truck - when it slows down it makes that noise, almost like a gunshot," she said, adding that they were accustomed to hearing that sound, as the dealership is located off Atlas Road. 

'No one in the dealership was injured'

But when they saw hawkers running frantically, they knew something was up. 

Naidoo says that, at one stage, the alleged robbers were shooting in their direction.

"Luckily no one in the dealership was injured." 

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo told News24 that the incident had happened after 09:00.

"They shot at the two G4S vans and then there was an exchange of fire between them and the security officers. Two security officers were shot in the process," he said.

Masondo said the men blew up the two vans before fleeing, allegedly taking an undisclosed amount of money with them. 

Five men have since been arrested. 

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