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Rifles, which were also abandoned by the fleeing suspects.

Heavily armed suspects killed in shootout with police

 KWAZULU-NATAL: The province’s acting police commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa has noted with concern how criminals are attacking police officers, who are simply performing their duties.

This comes after several incidents in the province whereby the men and women in blue came under fire. “Our police officers always come under attack when approaching armed suspects and that cannot be tolerated. The police will defend themselves if attacked by heavily armed suspects. It is obvious that these criminals have no mercy and shoot anyone who comes in their way,” said Maj Gen Langa.

On February 28 at about 9:30pm, it is alleged that an ATM machine, at a shopping centre in Madadeni, was blown up by suspects. Police officers were immediately notified and responded to the explosion.

Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said a shootout ensued. “During the shooting, three bystanders were shot and wounded. They were taken to hospital for treatment where one of them sadly passed away. The suspects managed to escape in their getaway vehicle towards Utrecht Road,” he said.

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Police continued chasing after the suspects and re-enforcements were called in from neighbouring police stations. It is alleged that while police officers attempted to stop the same vehicle along Utrecht Road, the suspects open fire towards police.

No one was injured and the suspects managed to escape again proceeding towards KwaMdakane area, near Dannhauser. While in the KwaMdakane area, police surrounded a homestead where the suspects fled to while being chased by the police. As police approached the homestead, they came under attack again.

The suspects allegedly fired shots at police. During the exchange of gunfire, two suspects were fatally wounded. Three firearms, a R5 rifle, an AK47 rifle and a pistol were recovered from the scene. Cases of armed robbery, murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition were opened for further investigation. A manhunt is underway for those suspects,  who managed to escape during the shootout.

Alleged gang member jailed for 35 years

WESTERN CAPE: Thirty-two-year-old John Arnoldus, also known as Mortie, was sentenced to 35 years behind bars following his recent appearance at the Bellville Regional Court. Police reports indicated that on January 4, 2016, a Somalian national was shot dead at his shop at about 4am by an unknown man.

A case of murder was subsequently opened for further investigation. In a separate incident on January 30, 2016, at about 1:40am, shots were fired on William Taylor and Nick Kearns Street, Bellville south. One man was fatally wounded while another was injured and taken to hospital. Cases of murder and attempted murder were soon opened.

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The victim, who was injured, informed police officers of whom the shooter was. Police thereafter followed up on leads. Arnoldus evaded arrest until he was arrested in November 2016. He was also positively linked to the January 4th shooting as ballistic testing confirmed that the same firearm was used. He was released on bail in February 2017 and he committed another crime that led to his arrest in November 2017.

He remained in custody until he was sentenced on March 1, 2018. Western Cape provincial commissioner, Lt Gen KE Jula commended the investigating officer, Det Cnst Faizel Hercules for the sterling work. He particularly cites his efforts in ensuring witnesses remained safe and were placed in witness protection. The community of Bellville south was also applauded for working with the police in these respective cases.

Rifles seized following foiled cash-in-transit heist

 LIMPOPO: The swift action taken by police officers, soon after reports of a cash-in-transit heist surfaced, led to the recovery of a motor vehicle and rifles that were abandoned by the fleeing suspects.

Following this incident, a joint operation, comprising of various police units, closed all routes in and around the crime scene, possibly resulting in the suspects taking a road that forced them to abandon their vehicle, a black Volvo, and flee the scene on foot. Police reports pointed out that the vehicle was found next to the mountains adjacent to the Mohlalaotwane Village.

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Provincial commissioner of Limpopo, Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba issued a warning to all criminals that they will be arrested and face the full might of the law.

The dedicated police joint task team is still on a massive manhunt for the group of armed suspects, who were involved in the foiled cash-in-transit robbery which occurred near the Letebejane Village.

This cash heist was foiled when a security vehicle transporting cash was confronted by a group of suspects traveling in two cars along the Leeuwfontein and Apel-cross Road.

Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of the suspects in this matter can contact Cpt Richard Boshomane on 079-894-5501 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.



Elaine Naidoo
Digital Editor

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