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It has emerged that this week’s heist was not the first time Guard­force In­ter­na­tional has had cash stolen from its care.

The same com­pany was han­dlers on March 25 2006 when a gang of rob­bers stole R100 mil­lion dur­ing a dar­ing heist in the same vicin­ity of OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The com­pany later took Khu­lani Fi­delity se­cu­rity com­pany to court seek­ing an “or­der declar­ing [Khu­lani Fi­delity] to be li­able to in­dem­nify [Guard­force] against any claim or claims brought against [Guard­force] by any third party aris­ing from the loss of the $12.5 mil­lion stolen from [Guard­force] at the air­port”.

The com­pany re­fused to com­ment on the re­cent in­ci­dent when con­tacted by City Press.

The com­pany de­scribes it­self on its web­site as a “spe­cial­ist se­cu­rity com­pany han­dling air cargo lo­cated within the perime­ter of OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port”.

It fur­ther ex­plains: “Crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, per­pe­trated by so­phis­ti­cated crime syn­di­cates as well as more op­por­tunis­tic thefts, have not di­min­ished and con­tinue to drive the need for the type of ser­vices that Guard­force pro­vides.”

The com­pany fur­ther prom­ises high­safety han­dling and that “goods are kept un­der con­stant sur­veil­lance and any in­con­sis­ten­cies or ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties are recorded and dig­i­tal pho­to­graphic records pro­duced. The con­di­tion of each ship­ment is closely ex­am­ined and ver­i­fied at ev­ery stage of the process.”

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