Byrone Athman
3 minute read
5 May 2021
06:23

Updated | Armed robbers in and out of Pietermaritzburg post office in a flash

Byrone Athman

The Truro Plaza Post Office was robbed by six armed men on Tuesday in what eye witnesses said was a heist that lasted just minutes.

The Truro Plaza Post Office was robbed by six armed men on Tuesday in what eye witnesses said was a heist that lasted just minutes.

According to an elderly man, who asked to remain anonymous, three men made their way into the building, with one man brandishing a gun and pointing it at the teller minutes after entering the premises.

“I was inside when it happened. I was waiting in line when a man went ahead of me and quickly took out his gun and pointed it at the teller. The teller then put her hands up, but the man told her to get onto the floor. It was then that I tried to make my way for the exit only to be confronted by two men who asked me where I was going, and told me to get down on the floor like the rest of the people.”
Witness

“I was inside when it happened. I was waiting in line when a man went ahead of me and quickly took out his gun and pointed it at the teller.

“The teller then put her hands up, but the man told her to get onto the floor. It was then that I tried to make my way for the exit only to be confronted by two men who asked me where I was going, and told me to get down on the floor like the rest of the people,” said the man.

He said it was over in a flash thereafter as he saw the man with the gun jump over the teller’s desk with another man, while the third man kept watch. “Once they jumped over the teller’s desk to access the back of the post office, they jumped back over and left through the entrance of the post office within a few minutes. It happened so fast, you didn’t even get time to register it all.”

An elderly woman who was outside the post office when the robbery took place, said three other men looked as though they were waiting for the men inside and once the trio ran out of the post office, the other three joined them and got into a white getaway vehicle.

The woman said she believes the men targeted the post office as they knew the pensioners would be collecting their grant and pension. “There needs to be more security here on days like these. Especially since there are no cameras here,” said the woman.

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Doreen Taylor (66), from the PMB Pensioners Forum, told The Witness that it’s an unpleasant situation for pensioners to be in.

“When the situation is so dire [financially] at home the last thing you’re thinking about is getting robbed.

“So we go [to fetch money] even though it is now so dangerous. It’s all very sad because we are old people and we travel long distances, but we have no choice,” said Taylor.

Spokesperson for the Mountain Rise Police Station, Sean Singh, confirmed that the post office was robbed on Tuesday morning.

Singh said no one had been injured and no shots were fired.

Investigations are ongoing.

Security officials on the scene told The Witness that all the money from the safe — almost R600 000 — in the post office was stolen and the men fled the scene in a white BMW.

The post office did not respond to inquiries on Tuesday.