Mmusi Credits ‘Robust Intelligence’ for Drop in Cash Heists

  • Extols banking sector for cooperation

Staff Writer

The Minister of Defence and Security, Kagiso Mmusi, has attributed the drop in cash heists to “robust intelligence-led counter measures by the Botswana Police Service and strategic partnership with other security agencies”.

Mmusi said this in his budget presentation to Parliament where he emphasised that there has been a significant decrease in cash heists.

Positive results

“While the incidents of cash-in-transit heists and explosive attacks on Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) have been on the rise over the past years, with perpetrators getting away with large sums of money, I am happy to report that there are positive results in the fight against this crime,” he said.

The police minister once attracted scotching criticism from human rights organisations and activists for urging law enforcement agencies to be trigger-happy in ‘eliminating’ hard core criminals.

Mmusi also credited other players in fighting the crime. “Cooperation with security industry stakeholders and consultation with the banking business players has also been critical in bringing this crime under control,” he said.