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gunThe Star reports that poor working conditions and meagre salaries in a highly dangerous environment are major contributors that have pushed some cash-in-transit guards to collude with gangs.  

Despite putting their lives on the line to safeguard the vast sums of money that are transported daily, security guards call it a thankless job.  They say cash-in-transit heists are highly violent and dangerous experiences that leave the survivors traumatised and in need of professional counselling.  But, despite the ever-present risk, an average guard who works for one of the top three cash-in-transit companies earns around R11,000 a month, and has basic gun-handling skills.  Outdated handguns are used, compared to the high-calibre automatic rifles used by robbers.  Three guards interviewed separately put the blame for the recent upsurge in heists on their employers for subjecting them to terrible working conditions.  The latest figures show that 152 heists were reported countrywide from 1 January to date, which resulted in 11 fatalities and 70 injuries.  Gauteng accounted for 58 robberies, Mpumalanga 20 and the Eastern Cape 19.  The Federation of Unions of SA and the Motor Transport Workers’ Union are planning a nationwide strike on Monday in the hope of meeting with employers to raise their concerns, which include the provision of medical aid and counselling, and upgrading of the cash vans.

  • Read this report by Lindile Sifile in full at The Star


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