Cops hit the jackpot after suspect was found trapped inside cash-in-transit truck

Simlindile Sibonele Mfecane, 39, found himself in a harrowing situation after being discovered trapped inside a bombed-out cash-in-transit armoured vehicle following a robbery on Tuesday.

The shocking incident unfolded in Ngqeleni, leading to Mfecane’s immediate appearance before the magistrate’s court on charges of cash-in-transit robbery and theft.

Hawks provincial spokesperson W/O Ndiphiwe Mhlakuvana shed light on the events that transpired during the daring heist.

He stated, “Reports indicated that, while the G4S truck was passing Libode, a white bakkie overtook it at high speed. After about a kilometre, the bakkie went in front of the cash truck and rammed it, but the attempt failed and the bakkie was damaged and came to a halt next to the cash truck.”

Mhlakuvana continued, “Shortly afterwards, another white bakkie with armed occupants shot at the cash truck until it came to a standstill. The cash truck was blown up and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.”

The robbers swiftly fled the scene towards Port St Johns, abandoning a Nissan NP200 and a Toyota Hilux double-cab bakkie in their wake.

The security guards were left disarmed, having been robbed of their pistols during the chaotic incident.

Further investigations revealed that the Nissan NP200 bakkie had been hijacked from its owner in the Libode area.

Mhlakuvana detailed the dramatic discovery of Mfecane trapped inside the cash truck, subsequently identifying him as a suspect in the robbery.

A rifle, 9mm cartridges, as well as the stolen vehicles, were recovered by the joint investigative team.

The Hawks are diligently pursuing the case, with Mfecane remaining in custody until his formal bail application scheduled for March 12.

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