FOUR cash-in-transit heist suspects were arrested and another shot dead, shortly after they robbed a cash van in Letsitele outside Tzaneen.
According to police reports the G4S van was transporting money along the R71 road between Letsitele and Tarentaal when about ten thugs travelling in two cars confronted them.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects quickly started firing at the wheels of the cash van and it came to a halt.
Then the suspects ordered the three security officers out at gun point before blasting it with explosives.
"A car chase ensued along the Hoedspruit/Lydenburg road, members of the Farm Watch joined and assisted in blocking the route. One of the vehicles was cornered next to Swadini in the Hoedspruit area and a shootout ensued," Mojapelo said.
He said five suspects who were in the car, three aged between 25 and 43 were bust, one managed to flee and another was shot dead.
Meanwhile cops managed to recover a white Mercedes Benz ML, a black Audi, two AK 47 rifles, one R4 rifle and police bullet proof vests.
Mojapelo said the arrested suspect are likely to be linked with other cash in transit heist committed in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.