The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has praised the
bravery of security officers who managed to overcome an attempted robbery of cash in Orange Farm, Sedibeng District in Gauteng on 18 June 2019.
It is alleged that the armoured cash vehicle was collecting cash at a filing station when the crew was accosted by five armed suspects. The suspects managed to take cash from a security officer and shoot him in the leg before taking his firearm and trying to flee the scene. The driver of the armoured
vehicle noticed what was happening and pursued the suspect's vehicle, ramming it off the road until it came to a halt. The suspects were forced to abandon their vehicle and the stolen cash, then fled the scene on foot.
The police on the scene recovered an illegal firearm and the stolen cash. Upon immediately searching the area surrounding the scene, one suspect was found in possession of a rifle and was arrested.
The National Commissioner has wished the injured security officer, who was taken to hospital for medical attention, a speedy recovery. "The alertness and quick thinking of the driver of the armoured vehicle as well as the swift response by the police to ensure that the suspect was detained is commendable. We will continue to police serious and violent crimes such as cash in transit robberies in an integrated and multi-disciplinary manner in order to alleviate the fear that these crimes instil in our communities".