City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says he has received confirmation that a suspect arrested in connection with a cash in transit robbery had at some point been an employee at the ANC’s headquarters at Luthuli House.
In a statement issued by his office, Mashaba says he was informed of the arrest, along with three more suspects on Tuesday.
According to Mashaba, the suspects were arrested in connection with a heist in Dobsonvile, Soweto, which led to a manhunt.
Mashaba says some of the suspects were arrested on July 6 while others were arrested in the early hours of July 7 in an operation carried out by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and the SAPS where four hijacked vehicles were recovered.
“Two of the vehicles were used in the robbery,” says Mashaba.
He says the news of the arrest comes as a shock given the spate of cash heists in Gauteng which are endangering the lives of innocent people.
Mashaba says the arrest of the individual who is rumoured to be an employee of the ANC brings into question whether the party had been aware of the arrest since it took place two weeks ago and the party has not said anything about the arrest.
“It also begs the question of how the ANC, while running national government, can employ individuals who so brazenly undermine public safety and the rule of law in the country,” says Mashaba.
Meanwhile, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe says the party was dismayed that one of its employees was arrested and has already appeared in court for what he calls a “serious crime”.