SBV guards were transporting an undisclosed amount of money yesterday when a grey Mercedes Benz rammed into them – and then bullets started flying!
The four guards found themselves exchanging fire with a gang of 16 men and women in Cunningmore, near Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga. They soon had to admit they were outgunned and outnumbered.
In the end the thugs overpowered them and fled with the cash. After the robbers left in a Toyota Fortuner and a black BMW, all that was left were spent R5 cartridges and money bags scattered all over the road.
One of the guards, who didn’t want to be named, told Daily Sun the gang opened fire almost immediately after ramming the Mercedes Benz into their vehicle. Two guards sustained head wounds during the shoot-out while two thugs were left bleeding on the ground.
“They overpowered us and shot us in the arms and legs. They helped themselves to the cash and fled. We saw them dragging away their wounded friends.”
Shocked motorist, Richard Molepo (45) said it was the first time he had seen a gang that consisted of both men and women.
“One of the women even blocked traffic with her rifle. We had to run for our lives as the bullets flew,” he said.
Captain Phillip Fakude said the police recovered R5 rifle cartridges and some of the money bags, which were abandoned on the road over a distance of 50 metres.
“The suspects are still at large with an undisclosed amount of cash. The four wounded guards were rushed to hospital,” he said.
Anyone with information can call Lieutenant-Colonel Dudu Shabangu at 013 708 6901.