Police in Gauteng have activated a 72-hour activation plan after the murder of an innocent bystander during a sidewalk robbery.
Crime statistics show a marked decline in money transport robbery (CIT) across the country.
Gauteng, the province where money transport is most common, registered the largest drop of nine fewer cases.
The South African Police (SAPS) reported a crime that happened Saturday afternoon in Eden Park, Gauteng.
It was reported that a group of gunmen aggressively approached security officials of a cash solutions company while they were collecting money from a business outlet in Eden Park†
According to reports, the group of gunmen started firing at the money truck and managed to escape with at least three bags of cash.
Just then, an innocent bystander got caught in the crossfire.
When emergency medical personnel arrived at the crime scene, the 38-year-old bystander was pronounced dead.
Cars around the business premises were also damaged as a result of the shooting.
Police have launched a manhunt for the group of men involved in both the robbery and the murder of the innocent man.
On February 5, another 72-hour activation plan was underway to catch members of an armed gang who killed a police officer in Sedibeng during a money-transport robbery.
A money truck was driving along the R57 from Vanderbijlpark towards Sasolburg when it was attacked by a group of heavily armed men.
The group of suspects who were driving at least four vehicles opened fire on police officers who responded to the attack.
During the crossfire, one of the members of the TRT unit was seriously injured by the hail of bullets.
He was transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.