Limpopo police have launched a manhunt for unknown men who robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle, forcing its security guards to hide in bushes in fear of losing their lives.
Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the incident took place along the R33 Marble Hall Settlers T-junction around 6:30pm on Monday.
“According to reports, the driver of the cash-in-transit vehicle allegedly stopped at a T-junction with a view of turning to Marble Hall direction when suddenly a silver-grey Fortuner came from the Settlers road and stopped in front of his vehicle.
“Two African males alighted from the vehicle and started shooting at him. He continued driving towards Marble Hall direction but stopped a few metres away because his tyrės were damaged from the shooting. He subsequently jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the bushes with his crew,” said Ledwaba.
Ledwaba said the armed robbers used explosives to gain entry into the vehicle, which caught fire from the blast.
“It is not clear at this stage whether the suspects took the money or not, though one bag was found next to the road. No one was injured in the incident.
“Further information is that a van was found burning on the same road not far from the crime scene and it is not known at this stage whether it is connected to the incident or not,” he said.
Acting provincial police Major General Jan Scheepers urged witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
“These criminal elements have no regard for human life. They must be arrested to face the full might of the law,” said Scheepers.
Anyone with information that can assist the police in capturing the suspects is requested to contact Lieutenant Colonel Justice Ngobeni on the number 082 565 8326 or call the Crime Stop number, 08600 10111.