- Police have managed to stop a possible cash-in-transit heist
- The apprehended suspects include a police constable
- The suspects are likely to face a number of charges, including conspiracy to commit a crime
A task team set up to combat cash-in-transit robberies has recorded another win after a police constable together with six other men were arrested.
Police received information about a group of suspects planning to commit a cash-in-transit heist in central Johannesburg.
The team followed up on the description of the vehicles and flagged down a white Toyota Hilux and a Ford Ranger.
The suspects fired at the police but the police overpowered and arrested them. It was then that the police made a startling discovery. The Ford Ranger used by the suspects is an official police vehicle belonging to Silverton SAPS detectives. The car was driven by a constable attached to the Silverton Detective Service.
Three other men were in the Ford Ranger with the constable while the others were found in another bakkie, which was reported hijacked in Garsfontein.
The police also recovered two firearms, two explosive devices and other items that would have been used in the robbery.
The suspects are likely to face charges of conspiracy to commit crime, possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition, possession of explosives and possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles.
The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sithole, has commended the team for their swift arrest of the suspects.
"While I applaud our communities for their growing support for our efforts in combating serious and violent crimes, I am filled with disgust at the alleged involvement of one of our own in these types of crime."
Mzansi social media users shared the same contempt over the fact that a policeman was involved. Facebook user Phil Papale said:
"The rot is deep within our criminal justice system, what is a constable doing with criminals?"
Others couldn't help but comment on the awkward pictures of the arrest, particularly the positions the men were in. Facebook user Tlamelo Brandon Marope said:
"Great job! But what's the reason for lining them like that (head to bum)?"
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