Plot twist in last week’s armed robbery
Rustenburg – Last week we reported on a failed armed robbery in which one of the robbers was killed in the shootout.
Police investigations into the incident revealed that the man who was shot dead is a former employee of a local security company.
In our 8 April issue, we reported: “Four armed men entered Alpha Hyper and a fifth walked into the liquor store,” a security officer told Platinum Weekly. “They pulled out guns and I reacted. I fatally shot one of the armed robbers in the liquor store. The rest of them fled the scene in a white Mercedes Benz Vito,” he said.
According to Rustenburg police spokesperson sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi, the gun which was found on the scene is also legally registered in the name of the deceased.
Social media has been abuzz since reports of the failed armed robbery, claiming that the armed robber who was killed, was a former employee of G4S Cash in Transit.
Sergeant Mokgadi however confirmed that the deceased was not employed by G4S: “A month before the incident, he was employed by a local security company. We cannot mention the name of the company at this stage, but it was not G4S.”
“No arrests have been made thus far and investigations are ongoing,” Mokgadi said.
The private security industry employs twice as many officers as the South Africa Police Service. With SAPS losing trust with the general population in certain areas, people started relying on private security companies to keep them and their property safe.
“Crime in South Africa is a societal issue. No one will protect you or your property the way you would. Take extra care and ask important questions when appointing a security company,” an expert in the field told Platinum Weekly.
If you have information about the whereabouts of the three suspects in this case, please contact warrant officer Karel Khumalo on 082 773 0590.
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