EC postmaster involved in R600,000 robbery of COVID-19 grant funds

The robbery occurred earlier this month at the Dordrecht Post Office.

A South African Post Office branch. Picture: @PostofficeSa/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – The Eastern Cape’s Safety and Liaison MEC wants justice after a Post Office manager was accused of masterminding a robbery.

The postmaster appeared in Dordrecht Magistrates Court this week alongside four co-accused for a bail application.

The robbery occurred earlier this month at the Dordrecht Post Office.

Around R720,000 was stolen.

MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe said that some of the money was meant to be distributed to recipients of the special COVID-19 grant.

Three of the suspects entered the post office carrying firearms, shortly after R600,000 was delivered on the orders of the postmaster.

The men disarmed a security guard before making off with their loot.

Detectives eventually nabbed three suspects in Komani and recovered R250,000 and the security guard’s firearm.

Among them is a Burundian national and a government official, who allegedly drove the getaway car.

The Post Office official has reportedly confessed to his involvement in the robbery.

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