Musina bank robbers still at large: SA police

robberyThupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
South African police are still hunting for three men who robbed a bank in Musina after shooting and killing a security guard last Thursday.
The suspects escaped in a VW Golf with an undisclosed amount of money.A 41-year-old Zimbabwean foreign currency dealer who was based in the same town allegedly died from shock after witnessing the security guard being shot in the head.

She reportedly collapsed after seeing the guard’s brains splattered on the windscreen of the cash-in-transit van.

The woman is from Bikita and her name is being withheld until her next of kin have been notified.

Another forex dealer was shot in the arm during the exchange of gunfire between the guards and the suspects. The incident occurred at around 10AM at Standard bank along the N1 Highway.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto told The Chronicle on Friday that they were still following leads and were hopeful that they would soon catch the robbers.

“We haven’t made any arrests yet, though we’re following leads. From what we have, we’re confident we’ll catch the culprits soon. As police we aren’t allowed to disclose the amount of money which was stolen from the bank,” she said.

Col Otto said the suspects, who were armed, confronted two security guards as they came out of the bank carrying a cash box with money.

They then opened fire on the guards shooting one of them dead and injuring the other on the leg.

“They took a cash box and a heavy calibre firearm and fled the scene in their getaway car along the Tshipise road before our crack team arrived on the scene,” she said.

Col Otto said the crack team was engaged in a high speed chase with the robbers.

She said the suspects also exchanged fire with the police and later dumped their vehicle along the road before disappearing into the bush.

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