33-year-old Johannes Obakeng Thlabane recently appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court after he was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Mpumalanga team. Thlabane is linked to the attempted cash-in-transit heist and attempted murder that took place between Nelspruit and Barberton in May this year.
It is alleged that on the 6th of May this year at about 7 am, together with other suspects, they attacked a G4S armoured vehicle and Tactical Support Unit vehicle on the R40 Road between Nelspruit and Barberton and fired numerous shots at the vehicles. Two security guards were injured and were taken to hospital for medical attention.
Afterwards, the suspects allegedly hijacked a Toyota Hilux bakkie and fled. They left behind two Mercedes Benz vehicles that were hijacked in Brooklyn in March 2021 and in Mamelodi in May 2021, respectively. No cash was taken during the attack.
The Local Criminal Record Centre visited the crime scene and the suspect was later identified. The warrant of arrest was issued against him by court.
Thlabane was remanded in custody and the case was postponed to Friday, the 9th of July, 2021 for bail application