Rorisang Kgosana
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1 Jul 2015
12:49 pm

Twelve people shot in Soshanguve heist

Rorisang Kgosana

Twelve people have been shot and wounded in a cash-in-transit heist in Soshanguve this morning.

FILE PIC: SAPS at a crime scene. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lolo Mangena said the heist occurred at the Sosha Plaza at about 6.10am outside the Net 1 Financial Services, Rekord East reported.

Mangena said the criminals initially camouflaged themselves among the elderly women queuing outside the business.

“When the Fidelity truck arrived and the guards tried to enter the business, the criminals started firing multiple shots at them. Several weapons such as automatic rifles and pistols were used,” said Mangena.

He said eight elderly women were shot and wounded in the legs and hips. Two elderly men were also hit, with one suffering a gunshot wound to the back.

“Two Fidelity guards were shot in the legs. Paramedics were called to the scene,” he said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the injured suffered moderate to serious injuries and were treated and taken to hospital by various services.

Mangena said the armed men fled with a Fidelity cash canister containing more than R300 000.

“They left their BMW and fled in a white TATA bakkie. The men are still at large,” he said.This after a 32-year-old suspect was arrested after a robbery at a petrol station in Berea, Durban in March.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said five armed suspects entered an Engen garage on Ridge Road at about 7:40am, and took two boxes of cash.

“One of the security guards was shot and sustained injuries. The suspects fled the scene in their getaway Toyota Corolla,” Zwane added.

Two video clips of the incident were posted online by the Intelligence Bureau SA, showing the suspects robbing the filling station before firing shots.

Caxton News Service