Witness Reporter
2 minute read
6 Jul 2022
06:56

Updated | Fidelity officer shot dead during attempted CiT heist in Kokstad

Witness Reporter

A Fidelity cash-in-Transit team in Kokstad was ambushed en route to their base by six heavily armed gunmen on Monday


A Fidelity Services group driver was shot dead during an attempted cash-in-transit heist in Kokstad. According to the CEO of Fidelity Services group Wahl Bartmann, a Fidelity cash-in-Transit team in Kokstad was ambushed en route to their base by six heavily armed gunmen on Monday

“The suspects rammed the Fidelity vehicle, unfortunately fatally shooting the driver. The two remaining crewmen were able to escape when the suspects set the vehicle alight,” said Bartmann. Bartmann added that the gunmen were not able to access any of the cash in the vehicle.

The attacks are occurring with increasing regularity and although less or no money is being stolen, there is enormous disregard for the sanctity of life and this senseless loss of life is just not acceptable. Vehicles are also being destroyed unnecessarily which just adds to the overall resource cost

Fidelity said that they are working closely with police and have called for members of the public who might have any information to come forward.

In April The Witness reported on another cash-in-transit heist that happened on the N2 near Harding, where four security guards aged between 31 and 60 were arrested after money from the robbery was allegedly found in some of their homes.

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According to the reporter, Hawks’ spokesperson, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo, said that two armoured vehicles were en route from Port Shepstone to Kokstad after collecting cash from the depot when one of them disappeared and the other one was allegedly intercepted by the suspects.

“An undisclosed amount of cash was taken, and the suspects fled the scene. The case was reported at Harding police station and the case docket was allocated to the Hawks for investigation,” said Mhlongo at the time. A total amount of R709 510 was later recovered.