- A security guard will be appearing in court in connection with a Macassar cash-in-transit heist.
- The 42-year-old was arrested by the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team on Wednesday
- Three other suspects have been arrested in connection with the heist.
A security guard, accused of being involved in a cash-in-transit heist which ended in a shootout with the police, will be appearing in the Somerset West Magistrate's Court on Friday.
The accused was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a Macassar cash-in-transit heist on 29 April, which ended in a shootout with the police in Stellenbosch.
An investigation by the Hawks linked the 42-year-old security guard, who had been working for SBV in Epping, to the case after he allegedly "communicated with one of the robbers".
"It is reported that on the day of the heist at Macassar shopping centre, several robbers armed with assault rifles got away before they could get the money in vehicles, which included an Audi and a Fortuner, after they were interrupted by the presence of the local police at Macassar shopping centre," said Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani.
According to the Hawks, the two vehicles were hijacked.
"The suspects reportedly took off towards Stellenbosch and Kayamandi township. [The vehicles] were spotted turning into one of the main streets in Stellenbosch where there was another exchange of gunfire with the police," she said.
The suspects allegedly abandoned one stolen vehicle in Mfuleni. It was later found "burned to ashes", said Hani.
Three suspects, Milton Vundla, 47, Simosakhe Ngxono, 35, and Sakhumzi Dlongwana Manciphi, 40, were arrested and charged in connection with the heist. The getaway vehicles were recovered, along with three assault rifles.
They appeared in court on 5 May.
"Their next court date is on Monday, 2 August in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court and 3 August 2021 at Somerset West Magistrate's Court," said Hani.
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