KFC in Riebeeck Road, Kraaifontein, was targeted by skelms who used guns and a hammer to rob a cash van of “at least R3 million”.
Robbers pulled off the cash-in-transit heist outside the restaurant on Monday after 6pm, shortly after G4 security guards collected the day’s takings.
Police sources say the robbers got away with 26 bags propvol cash, each containing about R150 000, collected from several businesses that day.
A fruit seller known as Mohammed, who witnessed the robbery, said it was “well planned”.
“They parked with an Audi A4 near Capitec Bank and KFC. When the cash van stopped, a cream Toyota pulled up in front of it and the Audi blocked it from the back and the robbers flew out, going for the van and taking the bags out,” he says.
It was like a movie scene, Mohammed said.
“Two men were standing with guns and loading all the money, and one was violently beating the security guards. The guy with the hammer was hitting anything in sight to scare off people, including the KFC’s windows. It happened quickly. The boot of their car was so filled with cash, it sprang open while they were driving off,” he says.
Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the heist: “Five armed suspects robbed the security guards who collected money from a business premises and fled the scene with undisclosed amount of money.”
KFC did not respond to media queries.