South Africa has a major cash-in-transit heist problem and the South African Police Service (SAPS) is seemingly at its wits’ end. On Wednesday, 29 April, a heist in Macassar, Cape Town made the headlines after a video and images of the act surfaced online.
Around the same time, another video – leaked dashboard footage from the inside of an armoured vehicle – went viral and received international media coverage. The video was from a cash-in-transit heist that took place in Pretoria on Thursday, 22 April.
Dramatic footage from the inside of a cash-in-transit vehicle made waves on social media and offered a new perspective on the danger cash-in-transit security personnel face on a daily basis.
The clip, which is time and date stamped, is from an incident that took place on the N4 highway Pretoria. The armoured vehicle is attacked on the road but the driver and his colleague maintain cool heads, and take the fight to the suspects, and manage to evade and ram one of the assailants’ vehicles despite being under fire for much of the three-minute video clip.
SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo told TimesLive that the incident took place on the N4 in Pretoria and said the suspects abandoned the heist after the brave display by the CIT staff.
“The driver of the CIT vehicle managed to evade the robbers for a while but later stopped in wait for the robbers. The robbers fled without taking any money,” said Naidoo.
Naidoo added that no arrests have been made thus far. Fortis Pro-Active Defence Solutions identified the driver as Leo Prinsloo, a former SAPS member and current instructor at the security company. The company said Leo is unavailable for comment because the incident is part of an ongoing investigation.