More than 230 cash-in-transit heist suspects arrested since April — Cele

Police are cracking down on cash-in-transit (CIT) heists, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Tuesday, adding that 237 suspects had been arrested since April this year.

During a media briefing in Tshwane, Cele said more than 200 suspects had been held in connection with CIT robberies, 92 vehicles had been recovered, and 78 firearms and 1 402 rounds of ammunition had been seized during the arrests.

“A substantial amount of money has also been recovered,” Cele said.

36% decrease in CIT heists

The minister added that 118 CIT heists had been recorded across the provinces between April 4 and November 4, the same time period that the arrests were made. This was down by 36% in the previous year, when 184 cases had been recorded.

“However, during the latter period we have a significantly higher number of culprits being arrested, compared to the former period.”


Cele attributed the arrests to the mobilisation of the 72-hour “activation plan”, but said there was still more work to be done and that “we are not out of the woods yet”.

Cele explained that the activation plan entailed the maximum mobilisation of resources — including crime intelligence, forensic experts, the Hawks, seasoned detectives and tactical teams — for a 72-hour period to ensure that critical information, intelligence and evidence was gathered.

He added that high profile targets wanted for CIT robberies were among those arrested.

Police foil CIT heist plots

Crime intelligence operations had also yielded results, with a number of suspects being arrested while plotting to commit CIT robberies.

“Nearly 30 suspects were arrested in Midrand and Katlehong in the Gauteng province, as well as Riviera Park in Mahikeng and Brits in the North West province,” said Cele.

In October, police stopped 12 men who were allegedly in the midst of planning a CIT robbery.

According to police, a tracking team comprising of Crime Intelligence, the Hawks, forensic experts and other units acted on the information and pounced on the suspects at a house in Midrand.

Two rifles, a pistol, several rounds of ammunition and six hijacked vehicles were recovered at the house.

“I can report that we have made significant inroads in breaking the backs of the syndicates involved in CIT robberies. While I am satisfied with the progress, our fight with these criminals is far from over,” Cele told media on Tuesday.

“This is one of the crimes that seem to instil a tremendous amounts of fear in South Africans.”

A number of police involved in CIT robberies

In response to a question, national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole told media that a number of police officers were among those arrested for the CIT heists.

“In the investigations there are quite a few numbers that include metros (metro police) and a number of police that have been arrested,” he said.

Sitole said that he did not have the numbers on hand, but the figures could be made available. He added that a number of internal investigations were taking place and that they had already been fruitful.

The commissioner added that a number of police officers had been dismissed and others had been suspended.

He also said that a lifestyle audit of police officers was currently under way and that the HR policy framework had been reviewed in January to allow for further vetting and lifestyle audits.

The audits follow from a call made by President Cyril Ramaphosa. — News24

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Alex Mitchley
Alex Mitchley
South African Journalist at News24

Related stories

Former state security minister Bongo back in court

Bongo and his co-accused will appear in the Nelspruit magistrate’s court in Mpumalanga over charges of fraud, corruption and theft

Meyiwa murder case postponed amid drama in court

The murder case of Senzo Meyiwa has been postponed to next month after the appearance of the five suspects in the Boksburg magistrate’s court took an unexpected turn

Five suspects arrested in Senzo Meyiwa case

Police minister Bheki Cele announced on Monday that his team has arrested five suspects who were allegedly involved in the killing of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

In terms of future-telling failures, this is a Major One

Bushiri knows how to pull a crowd. Ace knows a ponzi scheme. Paddy Harper predicts that a new prophet may profit at Luthuli House

Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

‘We want to occupy the land,’ says EFF’s Malema at Senekal farm murder protest

The party and AfriForum staged protests outside the magistrate’s court during the bail application by two men accused of killing a farm manager in the eastern Free State
Advertising

Subscribers only

The shame of 40 000 missing education certificates

Graduates are being left in the lurch by a higher education department that is simply unable to deliver the crucial certificates proving their qualifications - in some cases dating back to 1992

The living nightmare of environmental activists who protest mine expansion

Last week Fikile Ntshangase was gunned down as activists fight mining company Tendele’s expansions. Community members tell the M&G about the ‘kill lists’ and the dread they live with every day

More top stories

Fifteen witnesses for vice-chancellor probe

Sefako Makgatho University vice-chancellor Professor Peter Mbati had interdicted parliament last month from continuing with the inquiry

Constitutional Court ruling on restructuring dispute is good for employers

A judgment from the apex court empowers employers to change their workers’ contracts — without consultation

Audi Q8: Perfectly cool

The Audi Q8 is designed to be the king in the elite SUV class. But is it a victim of its own success?

KZN officials cash in on ‘danger pay for Covid-19’

Leadership failures at Umdoni local municipality in KwaZulu-Natal have caused a ‘very unhappy’ ANC PEC to fire the mayor and chief whip
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday