Traffic came to a standstill when 60 cash-in-transit vehicles went on a go-slow on the N1 freeway.
The go-slow was part of a nationwide protest by cash-in-transit vehicle drivers in the wake of the escalating number of cash-in-transit heists in the country. Spokesperson for the Metro police Edna Mamonyane said commented on the traffic was affected on the morning of 12 June from Olifanstfontein Road to Johannesburg.
“The cars were driving slowly in a convoy. Traffic was badly affected all the way to Johannesburg as they wanted to draw attention to their cause,” said Mamonyane.
The protest was conducted by members of the Federation of Unions of South Africa and the Motor Transport Workers Unions. SBV Services announced their full support for the protest action and believed it was imperative for all parties to collaborate in order to mitigate the risks facing the cash services industry.
The drivers of the 60 cash-in-transit vehicles gathered with more than 400 colleagues in Braamfontein and marched to Beyers Naude Square to hand over a memorandum to Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
SBV Services Group Chief Executive Officer, Mark Barrett said, “Our industry is faced with a severe crisis as a result of the daily spate of cash-in-transit attacks that threaten the safety of our employees and members of the public”.
Barrett also said that the company stands united with all stakeholders in the cash services sector in the fight against cash-in-transit violence and crime.
“The safety of our people, the public, our customers and our service levels are at all times a key priority for SBV,” he added.
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This morning, 12 June, 7.52am:
Cash-in-transit workers are reportedly on a go-slow on the M1 South near the Allandale Road exit causing heavy delays from the Brakfontein interchange.
Motorists have been advised to use Old Pretoria Road as an alternative. See map below.
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