SAPS, SABRIC strengthen partnership

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pretoria - The police and the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) have resolved for more co-operation in a bid to eradicate on-going criminal activities.

The two sides recently met to enhance existing strategies on how best to deal with the on-going cash-in-transit heists. The meeting was attended by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and representatives from SABRIC.

The meeting followed the recent spate of cash-in-transit heists and its attempts which remain a huge problem in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Western Cape.

Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said the police will continue to enhance strategies in place to further reduce incidents of this nature through crime intelligence-led operations.

“These brazen criminals should not be allowed to terrorise our communities and law enforcement agencies. Our members should be allowed to exercise their constitutional mandate without fear or favour.

“Our plans are aimed at intensifying our strategies through collaborative initiatives, with the ultimate goal of eradicating these serious crimes together with stakeholders from SABRIC,” said General Phahlane.

The leadership of SABRIC also felt strongly about the on-going partnership which they believe adds significant value to the fight against eradicating this crime type.

SABRIC CEO Kalyani Pillay commended the police on their response to putting plans in place to tackle the spate of cash-in-transit heists and ATM attacks.

Pillay said the violent and brazen nature of these attacks is a major concern for both the cash-in-transit heists companies and the banks and the SAPS have fortunately put plans into action to deal with this.

“The collaboration amongst the various divisions of the police, prosecution, SABRIC, the banks, CIT Companies and other relevant role-players, led by the SAPS, has yielded clear strategies and tactics. We are also pleased with the support from the various levels of leadership within the SAPS, starting from the very top,” said Pillay.

The police and SABRIC have called upon communities to continue to work together with police in  ensuring that a safe and secure environment for all. -


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