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A looter in a white t shirt scooping up bundles of cash off the motorway after an armoured truck was ambushed in Cape Town.

The incredible video below shows delighted motorists screeching to a halt on Tuesday (18 Jan) to scoop up bundles of cash after armed robbers blew up an armoured security truck on a motorway in Cape Town, South Africa.

One grinning man can be seen stuffing a large wad of cash down the front of his trousers, and another with both his arms full of money, as passing drivers fight to gather up the loot. The person filming the scene can be heard trying to tell those grabbing money to not do it.

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A smiling looter about to stuff another hand full of cash down the front of his trousers after scooping it up off the motorway after an armoured truck was ambushed in Cape Town. To use any of the text or photos, please contact Jamie Pyatt News Ltd.
Grab Cash After cash in transit Heist in Cape Town, South Africa
Looters fighting to scoop up bundles of cash off the motorway after an armoured truck was ambushed in Cape Town. To use any of the text or photos, please contact Jamie Pyatt News Ltd.

The incident happened after at least a dozen robbers with high powered weapons ambushed the GS4 truck in a cash-in-transit heist on a motorway slip road in the Mother City.

Both the driver and the guard unfortunately suffered gun-shot wounds before the robbers used high explosives to blow open the side and doors of the truck to get at the money.


After several minutes grabbing as much money as they could, the raiders fled and motorists caught up in the traffic jam behind decided that it was their lucky day and took their place.

People abandoned their cars and ran to the truck where they helped themselves to the left overs, filling their pockets and underpants and even rucksacks with cash.

Armed police turned up quickly and opened fire on one of the robber’s getaway cars. They shot two men and made four arrests while the rest of the gang escaped at high speed.

One suspect had a gunshot wound to his buttocks and another to his right thigh, and they -along with the two wounded security guards – were rushed to two different hospitals.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda said four people were arrested while a number of others fled with an undisclosed amount of money in cash.

He said: “It was reported that a Jeep which was driving along the N7 stopped abruptly in the middle of the road causing a light delivery vehicle to collide with the cash van.

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The blown open rear doors of an armoured GS4 truck which was robbed of a large sum of cash in Cape Town, South Africa, when it was ambushed on a motorway. To use any of the text or photos, please contact Jamie Pyatt News Ltd.CIT

“The suspects are alleged to have used explosives to blow the safe open to get at the money before a shootout occurred with the police’s National Intervention Unit.

“Both the security guard and the driver of the G4S cash van also sustained gunshot wounds during the ordeal and were taken to hospital for emergency treatment.”

Grab Cash After cash in transit Heist in Cape Town, South Africa
A rear view of the blown open armoured GS4 truck which was robbed of a large sum of cash in Cape Town, South Africa, when it was ambushed on a motorway. To use any of the text or photos, please contact Jamie Pyatt News Ltd.

The four arrested men will appear in court charged with armed robbery, attempted murder and the illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosive devices.

A manhunt is underway for the rest of the armed gang who are believed to have had automatic rifles, machine guns and revolvers, as well as high explosives to blow the safe.

The South African Police Service warned all looters to return the money to a police station or risk being arrested for theft themselves if they are identified for stealing at the scene.

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WATCH Looters grab cash after attack on cash-in-transit vehicle

WATCH Police shoot at attackers, and also ask occupants of vehicles to return the looted money: