Driver killed in cash-in-transit heist in Welgelegen

A manhunt is under way after six robbers shot two security guards in a cash-in-transit heist. Picture: Karen Watkins
A cash-in-transit van crashed into the garage of a residential home on Thursday September 3 as the driver tried to get away from the scene of an early morning robbery.

A manhunt is under way after six robbers made off with nearly R50 000 and shot two security guards in a cash-in-transit heist early this morning. 

The incident took place around 6.35am on Thursday September 3 at a shopping centre in Malmesbury Road, Welgelegen. A total of R48 960 was taken.

Parow police spokesperson Captain Kevin Williams said one of six robbers entered the KwikSpar while a security guard was collecting cash from an ATM. The robber pointed a firearm at the security officer who did not resist, he said.

Meanwhile, outside, a second security guard was injured and subsequently taken to hospital, said Captain Williams. The driver of the security truck tried to flee but was followed by one of the robbers.  The truck driver, who crashed into the garage of a house a short distance from the shopping centre, is understood to have been shot multiple times, and died of his injuries.

Western Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said police have launched a manhunt for several suspects who were involved in the robbery. She said the suspects fled in a black Opel Corsa bakkie, which had been reported stolen in Khayelitsha in June, and a white VW Golf GTI.

Brigadier Potelwa said police were investigating cases of murder, attempted murder and business robbery.

A staff member at Welgelegen Kwikspar said no staff were hurt and they are receiving counselling.