Gang robs cash van and shoots cop
By Tando Mfengwana
31 October 2006
A gang of 15 robbers used a truck to smash a 10-ton truck into a Cash Paymaster Services vehicle on Monday.
They then shot a police officer on the scene and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
The incident took place on the R614 road between Wartburg and Tongaat.
Police spokesperson inspector Michael Read, said that the cash vehicle had overturned after it had been smashed into by a truck and overturned.
The truck was followed by a 4x4 vehicle at about 8:30 in the morning.
Fifteen men armed with AK47’s and shotguns got out and opened fire on the on the four guards.
The Mercury reports that a police constable who had arrived at the scene of the incident was shot in the chest.
He was transported to Victoria Hospital in Tongaat. He is in a critical but in a stable condition in hospital.
The report says that the gang fled the scene after hijacking another bakkie that was passing by, and it was found abandoned nearby.
The serious and Violent Crimes Unit, the SAPS Airwing, Dog Unit and Emergency Services searched for the gang, but no arrest have been made.