POLICE Minister Bheki Cele has commended the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) for stabilising the wave of cash-in-transit heists that swept the country earlier this year. Between June and 4 November, the National Stabilisation Intervention saw the arrest of 237 cash-in-transit suspects for a series of crimes.
Cele said while significant inroads in breaking the backs of the syndicates involved in CIT robberies, the fight with these criminals was far from over.
The police successes came after National Stabilisation Intervention teams were directed to address CIT heists.
“Through these intervention processes, high profile targets were arrested in these priority provinces and continued SAPS presence in these provinces led to the displacement of crime towards predominantly rural parts of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and the Western Cape,” said Cele.
In this year’s reporting period, 92 vehicles, 78 firearms and 1 402 rounds of ammunition were recovered. An unconfirmed substantial amount of money was recovered.
“We can attribute a great deal of these successes to the mobilisation of the 72-hour Activation Plan. This Plan entails the maximum mobilisation of resources, including crime intelligence, forensic experts, the Hawks, seasoned detectives and tactical teams for a 72-hour period to ensure that critical information, intelligence and evidence that ensure a breakthrough in investigations is not lost,” he said.