JOHANNESBURG-- There have already been more than 140 cash-in-ytansit heists reported so far this year and many of them were planned from inside prisons by highly organized criminal syndicates.

This emerged during a panel discussion of crime experts here Thursday, following the recent spate of cash-in-transit heists in the country.

The panel featured author of the just released book Heist, Anneliese Burgess, the chief executive officer of cash delivery service company Cash Connect, Richard Phillips, and University of South Africa (Unisa) researcher Mahlongonolo Thobane.

Crime activist Yusuf Abramjee said an urgent police investigation needs to be done to root out the kingpins who are calling the shots from prison.

There have been suggestions that some of these heists have been planned from inside prisons, and this is very worrying and we know that some of these allegations have been made before and it has resurfaced once again, he said.

I think the police have to get to the bottom of this because if this is the case then it is very worrying. We know for a matter of fact that a number of cash heist kingpins have been convicted and many of them are behind bars so I wouldn't be surprised that these robbers are working from inside correctional facilities and that needs to be a subject of an urgent police investigation.


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