The convicted robbers, 39-year-old Henrico Fourie, Fannie Morris Mbuyani, 30, Jasias Lucus Maseko, 48, and 28-year-old Lazarus Ntlatleng were on Friday sentenced to 30 years in jail by the high court in Pretoria. The three SBV employees implicated in a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist were also ordered to compensate the company for the R25-million they stole during the heist.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said one of the accused Bekithemba Patrick Mbanjwa, who was out on bail, failed to appear in court and a warrant for his arrest has been issued. Judge Bert Bam convicted them for robbery with aggravation circumstances, causing an explosion, conspiracy to commit an offence, possession of an unlawful firearm and possession of unlawful ammunition.

Mahanjana explained that Fourie, who was the head of department at SBV logistics, Watloo cash centre, recruited and conspired with two other SBV employees Ntlatleng, a crew member, and David Tolo, a driver. Tolo was granted indemnity from prosecution because he turned state witness and testified about the robbery of SBV truck no B157 on the N4 highway outside Bronkhorspruit. The cash van was on its way to Pretoria.

In its response to the jail sentence, the company said collaboration is key to fighting cash-in-transit heists.

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