The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, has vowed that law enforcement agencies will not rest till they find a group of gang members involved in cash–in–transit heist in the Zululand area.

This morning, at around 05h00, a security vehicle transporting money was attacked and robbed by a group of heavily armed suspects on R66 between uLundi and Melmoth.

The suspects, who were using different vehicles, managed to take an undisclosed amount of money and ran away.

Police have also confirmed that the suspects overpowered the security personnel and took away their fire-arms. The suspects also fired shots, injuring an innocent passing motorist.

Commenting on this incident, MEC Kaunda called on the police to work around the clock in finding these heavily armed suspects and assured the people of KwaZulu-Natal that government is doing everything possible to address crime levels in the province.

“This seems as a very organised act. Police will not rest until the suspects are brought to book. These suspects are dangerous to the society and we appeal to everyone with information to work with the police. The fact that firearms belonging to the security personnel were taken away means more threat to the community. We also wish a speedy recovery to a motorist who sustained injuries during this shooting. As the provincial government we will continue working hard to reduce incidents of cash-in transit heist and other forms of criminality. We have over the past years managed to drastically reduce incidents of cash heist and we shall not be diverted by a few groups of criminals,” said Kaunda.

Kaunda is currently on a drive to stabilize the province and has been criss-crossing the province engaging various stakeholders and communities where incidents of violence and crime has occurred.