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Two men appeared in court for an armed robbery as well as for their connection to a cash-in-transit heist. The heist happened earlier this year.
According to Lt Colonel Philane Nkwalase, Hawks spokesperson the pair, aged 28 and 39, was arrested on Monday for armed robbery.
“Nduduzo Ndawonde (28) remained in custody after he appeared in the Pinetown Magistrates Court on Thursday. He faces a charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.”
The case against Ndawonde was postponed to the 24th June 2021, for a formal bail application.
His alleged accomplice, Goodman Gaza has already appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate Court for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Gaza is expected to be back in the same court on 22 June 2021.
“Two suspects were arrested on Monday by members of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation assisted by Public Order Policing tracing team.
“The duo were initially investigated for their connection with an armed robbery. The robbery took place at the Mayville Post Office last week.
“Armed suspects entered the Mayville Post office and reportedly held the staff at gunpoint as they forced them to open the safe.”
Nkwalase said the men allegedly fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
“The joint team followed up on information. The vehicle of the suspects was spotted near Camperdown where both occupants were arrested.”
“Two pistols, a rifle, and a police radio were recovered at the flat in Pinetown, allegedly owned by one of the suspects.
Nkwalase said the rifle was positively linked to a cash-in-transit robbery that took place in Plessislaer in May 2021.
He said one of the pistols is suspected to have been robbed from the Fidelity guards during the same incident.
“It is alleged that the armoured vehicle from Fidelity arrived at Mabane Community Hall carrying the SASSA grant payments.
“Upon disembarking from their vehicles, the security officers were accosted by several suspects forced them to lie down on the floor. The men then robbed them of their firearms before they fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.”
Meanwhile, at other premises in section 14 Chatsworth, one pistol was recovered during the search.
“All the firearms and ammunition that were recovered including the vehicle allegedly used in the commission of crime were seized for further investigation.”
Last month police had another breakthrough in cash-in-transit robberies. A second suspect linked to a fatal cash-in-transit (CIT) heist that took place in April was arrested on Wednesday, 26 May. They were arrested by the Hawks’s Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit in Mpumalanga.