29-year-old convicted cash in transit robber Tandumzi Mayoyo from Kraaifontein is set to serve a significant 12 years direct imprisonment. The convicted CIT robber was sentenced by the Stellenbosch Regional Court on Thursday.
The concerned incident occurred on 11 February 2017 at Eikestad Mall in Stellenbosch, where two Fidelity cash guards were accosted and disarmed by heavily armed suspects near a Standard bank cash machine. The suspects, dressed in overalls, initially targeted the guard who remained near the truck. They pointed him with firearms disarming him in the process. They then waited for the crew to return to the vehicle and also disarmed him.
The guards were instructed by the criminals to open the safes, and the emptied the canisters containing just over R500 000-00. They then locked the guards in the vault before Mayoyo and his accomplices fled the scene. Officers found an LM 5 rifle outside the vault.
Following an intense investigation, the Hawks Investigation team arrested Mayoyo on 18 May 2018 after they linked him to the crime scene following a forensic analysis and a CCTV footage. According to the SAPS Newsroom, the Investigators ensured that Mayoyo remained in custody after they successfully opposed his several bail bids. The court has convicted Mayoyo on robbery with aggravated circumstances and further declared him unfit to possess a firearm in the future.