Nine cash-in-transit robbery suspects were killed in a fierce shootout with police at a house in Sebokeng, Gauteng. According to News24, the house belonged to a parolee, and eight suspects were killed instantly, while the ninth died in hospital. Three others were wounded and are receiving treatment. The suspects are believed to have been involved in multiple cash-in-transit robbery in Gauteng and the surrounding areas, which have been on the rise in recent months.
The police minister, Bheki Cele, called for closer collaboration between the police and the Department of Justice and Correctional Services to address issues related to parolees. Parolees have often been found to be involved in various criminal activities, and their involvement has raised questions about the effectiveness of the parole system.
Cele also urged residents to report suspicious activities in their communities, emphasizing the need for community policing in fighting crime. He expressed concern over the presence of AR-15s at crime scenes, which are usually used by private security companies. Cele highlighted that the presence of such weapons indicates the involvement of organized crime in these heists.
The incident highlights the ongoing problem of cash-in-transit heists in South Africa and the need for coordinated efforts to combat the issue. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of the justice system in rehabilitating offenders and preventing them from re-offending. The government and law enforcement agencies need to work together to address these issues and ensure the safety and security of citizens.