Cash in-transit drivers go on protest against Heist Attacks

JOHANNESBURG- On Tuesday morning, members of trade unions Fedusa and the Motor Transport Workers Union’s (MTWU) have taken to the highways to protest against the attacks.

This follows after a large increase of cash in-transit heists nationally and drivers are the forefront of the violent crimes and they now saying enough is enough.

The drivers are employed by cash handling companies, are expected to march to the office of the Gauteng Safety MEC, where they are expected to hand over a memorandum.

The Motor Transport Workers Union’s (MTWU)  Hlasinyane Motaung said, “We are highlighting the killings of cash-in-transit drivers and crews that are transporting money.”

Parliament’s police portfolio committee is expected this week to discuss seven priorities during the public hearing on the current spate of cash-in-transit heists.

SBV services CEO Mark Barrett said in a statement  “Our industry is faced with a severe crisis as a result of the daily spate of cash-in-transit attacks that threaten the safety of our employees and members of the public,”

“SBV stands united with all stakeholders in the cash services sector in the fight against cash-in-transit violence and crime. The safety of our people, the public, our customers and our service levels are at all times a key priority for SBV.”

A security guard who wanted to remain anonymous when he spoke to News24 said, “I feel a bit safer wearing my bulletproof vest, and I observe the robbers at all times [sic]. The first thing I do in the morning is pray. That keeps me going.”

Gauteng province has seen the highest hike in cash in transit heist and the lowest figure are seen in the Northern Cape.

Photo Credit- EWN

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