Update: ANC confirms Luthuli House staff member arrested in suspected CIT heist

Update: ANC confirms Luthuli House staff member arrested in suspected CIT heist

- The ANC has confirmed that one of its Luthuli House staff members had been arrested and appeared in court for allegedly being involved in a ‘serious crime’

- The statement comes after Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba earlier revealed that one of the four suspects arrested for a CIT heist was an employee of the ANC and worked at Luthuli House

- The ANC said it would take appropriate action against the employee according to internal party disciplinary proceedings

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The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed the shocking revelation that one of its Luthuli House staff members was arrested for allegedly taking part in a cash-in-transit heist. The ANC did not specifically mention the words cash-in-transit heist or make reference to a specific crime.

The ruling party released a statement in which it expressed its shock and dismay that one of its employees had been arrested and appeared in court for allegedly being involved in a ‘serious crime.’

READ ALSO: Herman Mashaba claims CIT heist suspect works for ANC at Luthuli House

The statement was in response to an earlier revelation by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba about one of the ANC’s Luthuli House employees being arrested for allegedly taking part in a CIT heist.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the ANC declined to identify the employee and did not release any additional information about the matter. The party’s spokesperson Pule Mabe said the ANC would take the appropriate steps against the employee in accordance with its own internal disciplinary process.

Mabe said crime remained a blight which needed to be eradicated from South Africa.

News24.com reported that Mabe said the ANC would continue to support the efforts of all law-enforcement agencies in their investigations and subsequent actions into all forms of crime throughout the country.

Mashaba earlier revealed that a joint operation between the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) had yielded four arrests in connection with a CIT heist in Dobsonville which took place on 6 July.

Law-enforcement officials also recovered four vehicles during the operation, two of the vehicles are believed to have been used in the heist.

Mashaba then shockingly claimed that officials had informed him that one of the arrested suspects was an employee of the ANC.

He went on to question how the ANC could be trusted to run the country at a national level and could claim to be fighting crime when one of its own employees was involved in such a serious crime.

Mashaba also questioned what had caused the ANC not to make the news public. He said the arrest was made on 7 July which gave the ruling party time to prepare a statement and yet the ANC had decided not to act on the matter.

Mashaba added that he was shocked by this apparent failure of judgement on the part of the ANC.

Meanwhile, SAPS officials have confirmed that there had been more than 150 cases of CIT heists since the beginning of 2018.

The Hawks recently revealed that their intense investigation into so-called CIT syndicates was paying dividends and that the elite-crime fighting unit believed it was closing in on the leader of the syndicate.

The elite crime-fighting unit hopes that by arresting the leader of the syndicate the rest of the operation will fail and CIT heists will become nothing more than a distant and dismal memory.

READ ALSO: SACP breaks ranks with ANC and calls for Ingonyama Trust to fall

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