The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service(SAPS), General Khehla John Sitole has directed the Provincial Commissioner of the Free State to activate the 72-hour activation plan following a Cash-In-Transit (CIT) heist that claimed the life of a police officer attached to the Sedibeng Tactical Response Team(TRT).
At around 09:45 this morning, a cash van was travelling along the R57 from Vanderbijlpark towards Sasolburg when it was attacked by a group of heavily armed men. When police officers responded to the attack, they were met with gunfire by the group of suspects who were travelling in at least four vehicle’s. Sadly, one of the members attached to the TRT unit was fatally wounded in a crossfire involving the suspects.
Another police officer and three security officials who sustained injuries during the attack were transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care. The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money in a white Toyota Fortuner and a red Hyundai SUV.
The National Commissioner of the SAPS as well as his management team have sent condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the TRT member who passed on at the scene.The 72-hour activation plan has been activated in a bid to apprehend those behind this attack.