South Africa 24.4.2015 05:00 pm

Former Hawks captain arrested for alleged heist

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A former captain of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the Mpumalanga Standard Bank, Barclays (First National Bank) and Volkskas (SBV) heist of R107 million.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Bhekani Welcome Gcabashe was arrested at his home in Bronkhorstspruit, Pretoria on Wednesday.

Gcabashe’s arrest brings to 22 the number of suspects who have been arrested since the investigations started last year, added Mulaudzi.

“On 27 April 2014, it was alleged an armed group raided an SBV depot in Witbank and stole almost R107 million after overpowering two guards and robbed them of their firearms,” he said.

It is alleged the guards were kidnapped while the suspects continued disabling the alarm system and cutting open one of the safes with cutting torches.

The suspects allegedly kidnapped two guards who were supposed to relieve two others the following morning. The four guards were allegedly forced to drink a tainted concoction before they were dumped next to the Kromdraai Road in Witbank.

Gcabashe, a former captain who was previously attached to the Mpumalanga Organised Crime Unit, resigned in 2011.

“Gcabashe made a brief appearance in the Witbank Magistrates’ Court yesterday. He was granted R20 000 bail on condition that he hand over his passport, that he will not interfere with witnesses and report at the Bronkhorstspruit Police Station once a week,” said Mulaudzi.

All the suspects, including Gcabashe, will appear in court on June 10.

– Caxton News Service

 

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