CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
A spate of armed robberies at retail
premises and cash-in-transit trucks around the country have
rocked South Africa, prompting Parliament on Wednesday to urge
proactive action from the police.
“We need to see good
detective and intelligence-driven work to apprehend the
perpetrators of these crimes and work towards a situation where
criminals are prevented from carrying out these crimes,” said
Francois Beukman, Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio
Committee on Police.
belief that these criminal acts could be reduced if the Crime
Intelligence Division of the South African Police Service (SAPS)
commissioned effective, proactive network operations and
projects that will intercept the plans of syndicates involved in
His statements were
made amid growing concern over the spate of cash-in-transit
heists in Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape, provinces as well as
armed robberies at retail premises around the country.
In a recent armed
robbery in Wellington outside Cape Town, gunmen stormed a
shopping mall, killing a shop owner.
In a cash-in-transit
robbery in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province on Tuesday, about 10
men in four vehicles intercepted an armored vehicle loaded with
cash and opened fire, wounding a security guard. The group
escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and firearms.
Earlier in April, a
gang of armed robbers blew up an armored cash-in-transit truck
in busy traffic in Johannesburg, escaping with an undisclosed
amount of money.
Portfolio Committee on Police is deeply concerned that employees
and clients have been injured and killed during armed robberies
at retailers and during cash-in-transits, said Beukman.
The Visible Policing
Division, another unit of the SAPS, is critical in the reduction
of these incidents, he said.
should implement proactive plans at cluster level and ensure
adequate policing at retail outlets,” he said.
Beukman called for
better cooperation between the SAPS and business owners to
mitigate any risks that could encourage these kinds of criminal
South Africa is
among the countries that have the highest crime rate in the
world. As crimes keep rising, people have lost faith in the
police with the level of satisfaction having declined from 64.2
percent in 2011 to 58.8 percent in 2015/2016, according to a
recent survey by Statistics South Africa.
robberies total 1.6 mln USD in South Africa for first half of
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhau) --
In the first half of 2017, 695 bank clients lost
about 1.6 million U.S. dollars as a result of cash robberies in
South Africa, the South African Banking Risk Information Center
(SABRIC) said on Wednesday.
At a media briefing
in Johannesburg, Kalyani Pillay, CEO of SABRIC said, from 2014
to June 2017, SABRIC recorded 27 fatalities and 69 injuries due
to cash robberies. There was an increase of 4 percent from 2015
to 2016 in the number of bank clients who fall victim to cash
“It is shocking that
bank clients, who are the victims of these crimes, are killed
and injured during these robberies. This is why we encourage
bank customers to find safer ways to transact instead of
carrying large amounts of cash,” said Pillay.
He said the
criminals enter the bank purporting to be clients and even queue
to give the impression that they are clients while identifying
victims withdrew cash.
follow a victim to their residence, place of work, or any other
place where it is easy to rob them. Criminals target individuals
and business owners who deposit or withdraw large amounts of
carry as little cash as possible and consider the convenience of
paying your accounts electronically. They should also consider
making use of cell phone banking or internet transfers or
Automated Teller Machines to do your banking,” said Pillay.
People are also
advised not to have routine times of going to the banks, and
they should avoid carrying moneybags, briefcases or openly
displaying your deposit receipt book. The business people were
also advised to pay their casual employees through the banks, he