Braamfontein shooting

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Two CIT heists in three days in Mpumalanga

Community members in Marite grabbed themselves a share of left over money after a CIT vehicle was blown up in the area.

Braamfontein shooting

Crime scene Image:Twitter @SAPoliceService

Two cash-in-transit(CIT) vehicles have been blown up on the roads of Mpumalanga just a few days apart. The first occurred on the R537 near White River and the second on the R40 in Marite, between Bushbuckridge and Hazyview.

On Wednesday, two security officers were severely injured when they were attacked by an armed gang. The guards required advance life support on the scene before being taken to a hospital in Mbombela.

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CIT OFFICERS SHOT AT

The vehicle had been traveling along the road between Sabie and White River when they came across a convoy of vehicles driven by suspects. One of the vehicles was a single cab Ford Ranger bakkie. The group of armed suspects fired shots at the guards, forcing their van to come to a standstill.

The driver of the security van was shot twice in the upper body whilst his crew was shot in the head. According to police explosives were used to gain entry to the vehicle

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 “We cannot allow any of our law enforcers to be attacked by criminals and we are working around the clock to close in on them. We are confident that as we continue with this investigation, our public will also cooperate with us as they always do by availing information to this regard. It is just a matter of time before we lock them up” said the General.

ROBBERS MAKE OFF WITH UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH

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Meanwhile on Saturday, in a similar modus operandi as the first incident, an armed gang shot at the CIT vehicle until it came to a halt. The two officers were ordered out of their vehicle before blowing up the van.

The security officers were also injured in the attack and required medical attention.

Provincial Commissioner Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has vowed to ensure that the perpetrators are soon brought to book.

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 “We cannot allow any of our law enforcers to be attacked by criminals and we are working around the clock to close in on them. We are confident that as we continue with this investigation, our public will also cooperate with us as they always do by availing information to this regard. It is just a matter of time before we lock them up” said the Commissioner.

In both cases, the suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

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