Minister of Police Bheki Cele Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Johannesburg - The Minister of Police Bheki Cele says cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies are on the decrease with a decline of 63% observed since April. 

Cele said the decline was largely prompted by the arrest of various syndicates involved in these robberies. 

“We have made inroads in breaking the backs of syndicates involved in CIT robberies. While I am satisfied with the progress made the journey is still long. From April 15 until June 1 CIT robberies have declined by 63%,” said Cele. 

The minister was briefing the media at the Tembisa Police Station on Thursday. He was accompanied by Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina. 

Cele said 50% of the crimes in the country happened in Gauteng and that’s why he had invited both mayors to be present at the briefing on the progress of police operations. 

The minister said 42 suspected cash-in-transit robbers had been arrested so far. One of those arrested includes Wellington “Bibi” Cenenda, who is believed to be have been responsible for more than 20 CIT robberies. 

Cenenda was arrested in the Free State last week. Police had said that his arrest could mean a decrease in the spate of cash heists in the country. 

“Forty-two suspected cash heist guys have been arrested, this includes Bibi. He is the most wanted guy and he is in our hands. Even his second in command is in our hands,” said Cele. 

Criminals were also starting to move to other provinces since there's been progress in clamping down on cash heists, said Cele. Bibi is originally from Tembisa but moved to the Free State where he was arrested.