17 May 2018
The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is deeply concerned about the increasing number of cash-in-transit robberies that in many cases are accompanied by fatalities or serious injuries to security guards or the police and endangering members of the public that are usually caught in cross-fire in targeted areas.
FEDUSA’s concern follows yet another armed robbery of a truck carrying cash along the N12 in Boksburg on the East Rand this morning in which eight people were injured during a shoot-out that ensued between the police and the armed gang. On Wednesday another truck transporting cash was attacked and robbed by unknown gunmen along Ontdekkers Road near Roodepoort on the West Rand.
The latest incident brings to more than 10 the number of such deadly incidents especially in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.
Many of those security guards who face death and serious injury in the line of duty on a daily basis are members of the Motor Transport Workers Union (MTWU) an affiliate of FEDUSA.
FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George is concerned about the pattern that seems to be emerging from these armed robberies, namely the apparent inability of the police to gather crime intelligence ahead of these incidents that would then enable them to anticipate and pre-empt them; this is in addition to police failure to make arrests or let alone secure convictions of cash-in- transit heists suspects.
FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry. See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.
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FEDUSA General Secretary
084 805 1529
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082 662 0727
FEDUSA Media Officer
072 637 8096