UPDATE: Heist victims set to recover

The vehicle that was blown up.

The Fidelity driver and vehicle guard who were shot during last night’s CIT heist between White River and Mbombela, are now in a stable condition. This was recently confirmed by Nelspruit Mediclinic spokesman, Ms Robyn Baard.

The guard was shot in the stomach and the driver in his legs. Baard said they are going into theater this afternoon where the wounds will be cleaned.

About the incident

Between 10 and 15 heavily armed suspects are still at large after they ambushed a Fidelity Cash Solutions vehicle on the R40 last, leaving two occupants seriously injured.

A Facebook post in which a local pastor recalls what she heard.

It is alleged that the suspects forced the cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle off the road after which they opened fire. “The driver lost control of the vehicle, then it overturned,” said J&M operations manager, Mr Shaun Terblanche.

According to Terblanche, the vehicle was transporting cash from White River to Mbombela. “The suspects, travelling in a number of vehicles, which included two Volkswagen Golfs and a Mercedes SUV, shot the driver and the vehicle guard, after which they blew up the CIT vehicle and took an unknown amount of cash.

“They then hijacked a woman at the scene, who’s vehicle was later recovered on the road to the university,” Terblanche explained.

He added that the Fidelity driver is in critical condition and was rushed to Mediclinic Nelspruit. No arrests have yet been made.

Also read: Preview: Fidelity crew strikes back during CIT heist


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