Houghton, 30 January 2021 – SBV Services confirms an attack this morning in Cape Town. While servicing an ATM, two of our first level maintenance teams were hijacked but were later released unharmed on the N2 near Macassar. One of the staff members had an explosive device strapped to his body, which has been disarmed and safely removed from the scene. We applaud our team for remaining calm during the attack and for the rapid response of the support crews.
Mark Barrett Group CEO says, “We are grateful that our team members were physically unharmed, and we are providing support and counselling for all affected employees. Despite our industry-leading risk profile, criminals continue to invent new, brazen and more violent ways in an attempt to get to the money.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, SBV thoroughly investigates all incidents. We remain focused and committed to investing and adjusting our risk mitigation actions to account for the evolving face of cash related attacks on the industry. SBV does not tolerate violence, crime and threats to human lives. We will tirelessly persist in our efforts to mitigate cash-in-transit (CIT) crime and, together with the authorities and the CIT industry, we will ensure that the perpetrators involved in attacks are brought to justice.”
An unknown number of suspects were involved. No SBV employees or civilians were injured during the attack. SBV’s Risk & Compliance team is working closely with the SAPS to investigate the incident. Details of the incident cannot be disclosed while the investigation is underway.
SBV appeals to members of the public with any information on this incident to contact SBV’s Early Warning Robbery Hotline. This line is active 24/7 and members of the public may contact 083 408 7029 to provide information to SBV’s investigations team. All callers can be assured that confidentiality is maintained.