The SBV Polokwane three year trial, pertaining to an attempted armed cash-in-transit robbery that occurred on 29 September 2006, received judgement on 20 January 2012. The armed robbers could not succeed in opening the vehicle and as a result, four SBV Services guards lost their lives when the robbers dowsed the cash van with petrol and set it alight.
Following the tragic incident, the police arrested thirteen suspects but the state had to withdraw charges against four of the accused due to lack of evidence. The nine accused were found guilty on various counts and will be sentenced on 2 and 3 April 2012.
A long five years for the families
"We are very pleased with how the SAPS as well as the state prosecutor adv. JP Marais ensured that justice prevailed at the end of the trial. It's been a long five years for the families who lost loved ones in the heist, the month of September being a sad reminder of what is probably one of South Africa's most gruesome cash-in-transit heists in history," says Grant Dunnington, SBV Group CEO.
"The consistent co-operation between the cash security industry and the police has had a significant impact on a reduction in the number of heists. We will continue to work hard and look into more ways of stemming the tide of cash-in-transit heists. While this won't bring back the staff members we lost, we hope that this judgement will be a deterrent and bring an end to the senseless killings in the cash-in-transit industry", concludes Dunnington.
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