South Africa’s Parliament on Monday urged all industry players to join hands in curbing the current spate of cash-in-transit heists.
Parliament will bring together all players in the cash-in-transit industry to discuss effective measures to end the scourge, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police said. A public hearing will be held the coming Wednesday to discuss priorities, Committee Chairperson Francois Beukman said. According to the SABRIC, the first two quarters of this year saw a marked increase in cash-in-transit heists, with 159 armed robberies reported. In the majority of the incidents, commercial explosives were used and the robbers were armed with AK47s and other powerful rifles. In some cases, gangs of up to 20 heavily armed members attacked in broad daylight, using stolen or hijacked vehicles.
In a parliamentary briefing last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele disclosed that some weapons recovered during the cash-in-transit heists belong to police and the army. “There are SAPS members who have been arrested for cash-in-transit robberies. We won’t sit here and deny their involvement,” said Cele, who listed cash-in-transit heist as a crime of priority. Parliament has urged law enforcement agencies to directly interrogate the root causes for the current situation and re-assess their analysis and methodology dealing with serious organized crime.