Scores of people were observed running towards a cash-in-transit van on the R114 near Lanseria, which had likely been pounced on by armed robbers.
Yusuf Abramjee, an anti-crime activist, posted a 24-second video of the incident on his X page, formerly known as Twitter. As soon as the armed group left, members of the community looted some of the remaining cash.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has not released any information on the circumstances surrounding the cash-in-transit heist, including whether anyone was injured or killed.
You can watch the video below:
R114 near Lanseria. This is moments after the robbers left. WATCH how members of the public run towards the cash van. pic.twitter.com/wP99hmMiZz
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) August 22, 2023
In a separate incident, on Tuesday morning, an attempted cash-in-transit (CIT) heist in the Durban CBD killed a man and injured nine others.
According to ALS Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson, they received calls about a shooting and a vehicle accident along Russell Street, right after Victoria Street, shortly after 9:40 a.m.
When paramedics arrived on the scene, they discovered absolute commotion, according to Jamieson.
He said an apparent cash-in-transit robbery had occurred, and the suspects had started shooting at random.
“Unfortunately, one person believed to be a shop owner had sustained a gunshot wound to his head and he has been declared deceased at the scene,” he said.
According to Jamieson, the CIT car then sped away to avoid confrontation, colliding with a taxi.
The CIT van then drove off the road and slammed with several sellers on the roadside.
“A total of seven vendors and one taxi driver have sustained injuries ranging from moderate to serious and have been stabilised on scene by multiple ambulance services, and have been transported through to nearby hospitals for the further care that they required,” said Jamison.