JOHANNESBURG – Cash in transit security personnel are embarking on a protest against the high number of incidents of cash in transit heists in the country.
Early on Tuesday morning, a number of cash in transit vans were on a go slow on the N1 South approaching Allandale, causing huge traffic delays.
The protest is expected to take place in major cities across the country.
SBV Services said it believes it’s imperative for all parties to collaborate in order to mitigate the risks facing the cash services industry has announced full support of this action.
“Our industry is faced with a severe crisis as a result of the daily spate of cash-in-transit attacks that threaten the safety of our employees and members of the public,” said Mark Barrett, SBV Services Group CEO.
“SBV stands united with all stakeholders in the cash services sector in the fight against cash-in-transit violence and crime. The safety of people, our customer’s assets and our service levels are at all times a key priority for SBV.”
In Gauteng, protest action is set to place in Braamfontein at SAMBRO. It will commence at 9h30 with protesters set to walk from Beyers Naude Sqaure via Jorissen Street, Biccard Street and Simmonds Street to hand over a memorandum at 11h30 to Gauteng MEC for Security and Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
Last month the Gauteng Department of Community Safety revealed that nearly a 100 cash in transit heists had taken place in the province in just under a year.
Most of the armed robbers managed to get away and have not yet been arrested, the department said.
The department further revealed that so far R95-million in cash has been recovered from the scenes of attacks and from suspects.
In Cape Town, the protest action will start at 8am from Kaizergracht central. Protestors will travel via Darling Street and Adderley Street where they will hand over a memorandum at 11am.
In Durban, the protest will commence at 9h30 from Gugu Dlamini Park on Samora Machel Road.
They will travel via Holy Park via Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and Somtseu Road to hand over a memorandum at 11am.