- A cash-in-transit heist took place at the Zevenwacht Mall in Kuils River, Cape Town, on Monday morning.
- Three guards were overpowered, disarmed and robbed of cash.
- The robbers fled in a silver-grey Ford Figo.
Three cash-in-transit guards were disarmed and robbed of cash at the Zevenwacht Mall in Kuils River, Cape Town, on Monday morning.
Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed that three men had accosted the guards while they were inside a Standard Bank ATM. They were disarmed of their three firearms and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.
The robbers fled in a silver-grey Ford Figo.
Staff at the shopping centre said the incident happened so quickly, and most people only realised something was amiss when police descended on the scene.
"I still don’t know exactly what happened and I work here," one store employee told News24.
"When I took my break and went outside to smoke, I saw all the police vans and realized something had gone down."
A car guard who works near the Standard Bank entrance said he also hadn’t realised that a crime had been committed just metres from where he stood.
"I don’t know how they did it. All I know is that they took lots of money, just like that. And so early on a Monday morning."
Police Minister Bheki Cele, during the recent release of the quarterly crime statistics, admitted that it was clear that the police must change their response to cash-in-transit heists, as "the current plan in place, now is clearly not working".
This after an increase of 26 attacks compared to the previous quarter.
Cele urged national commissioner General Kehla Sitole to "go back to the drawing board and work with speed" if police were to "win against these thugs".
Authorities were also scheduled to meet with the CEOs of the cash-in-transit industry, he had said at the time.