According to the Hawks‚ this incident happened on December 8 ahead of the festive rush. Two thieves who posed as SBV security guards‚ drove into a cash depot in Kuruman in the Northern Cape and collected R9 million before unhurriedly leaving and returning the SBV vehicle to the company.
“At this stage‚ we are not looking for any vehicle because the vehicle was never reported stolen or missing‚” Captain Philani Nkwalase said.
The miscreants took the vehicle and covered the plate number with another cloned SBV Vehicle plate number which at the time of the steal was out of the province, and they drove off to claim the R9 million‚ which had been arranged for social grants.
The Hawks are investigating whether this could have been an inside job.
“This is because the thieves knew of all the systems and procedures to collect the money.”
“The fake number plate was not a random faked number plate. [It] was one of a vehicle that existed so G4S (where the suspects collected the money from) had no reason to suspect anything. The registration plate checked and the vehicle checked‚” Nkwalase said.
However‚ the real security officials came and were shocked to discover that the cash they were there to pick up had already been taken.
When the case was handed over to the Hawks unit .The Hawk had to sort the CCTV footage through the system of the SBV and discovered a picture of a man who is not an employee of the company, he looked away from the camera and his face could not be captured.
Could you help recognise this man? Nkwalase asked.