'South Africa's economy is run on cash making it prone to heists'

South Africa's economy is run on cash and that makes it easy for criminals to target.

Author of the book, Heist, Anneliese Burgess says cash in transit heists are completely out of control in the country.

[WATCH] Money explodes into street after cash in transit heist shoot-out

The criminals told us when we spoke to them it's an easy crime, it's low risk, it's very lucrative and it's a prestige crime.

Anneliese Burgess, Author of Heist

READ: Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

In South Africa, 84% of all transactions are still taking place in cash. Cash is everywhere and the criminals know it.

Anneliese Burgess, Author of Heist

ALSO READ: Claims Boksburg transit heist suspect is a cop

Burgess says these crimes are done in an organised manner.

This is not just a couple of chaps who decide to go hit a van.

Anneliese Burgess, Author of Heist

One of the big shockers for me is how involved the police are. They are active participants.

Anneliese Burgess, Author of Heist

This article first appeared on 702 : 'South Africa's economy is run on cash making it prone to heists'


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