Durban - Two security guards were killed and an undisclosed amount of cash stolen in Tsolo near Mthatha on Friday prompting SBV Services to post a R1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

SBV said that a cross-pavement cash-in-transit heist took place in Tsolo, near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Two guards were killed in the line of fire, however the driver of the van is safe. An unknown number of criminals confronted a three-man team while delivering cash to a retail site. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

SBV said its Risk and Compliance team was working closely with SAPS to apprehend the suspects. Details of the robbery could not be disclosed as an investigation is underway.

The company said it took exception to loss of life and was offering a R1 000 000 reward for information leading to the successful arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

SBV is also offering a R100 000 reward for information on a the cash-in-transit heist in Dalport, Pietermaritzburg on July 2 and a further R100 000 reward for information on a the cash-in-transit heist in Hammanskraal, Pretoria on the same day.

SBV appeals to members of the public with any information on this attack, or any other cash-in-transit crime, to notify the authorities immediately. SBV’s Early Warning Robbery Hotline is active 24/7 and members of the public may call 083 408 7029 . All callers can be assured that confidentiality is maintained.

By May 31 this year at least 140 cash-in-transit robberies have taken place since January compared to 129 heists recorded in the same period last year.