Durban – Eight suspected armed robbers were arrested after three of them were wounded in a shootout with police from the South African Police Service (SAPS) after a business robbery in Ballito, south of Durban, SAPS said in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.
SAPS officers from Umhlali, Inanda, KwaDukuza and Phoenix conducted an intelligence operation, looking for suspected theft in Inanda, Newtown A, on Friday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Col. Thembeka Mbele said in a statement. communicated.
The police identified a house on Ntiyane Road and instructed the occupants to open the door. However, shots were fired at the police and three men were injured in a subsequent shootout.
“The police arrested eight men and three of them were taken to the hospital under police surveillance. The suspects, aged between 21 and 24, were arrested at Inanda’s police station and will be charged with attempted murder, possession of [illegal] firearms and possession of property suspected of theft. “
Mbele said that at around 2.50 am on Friday morning, a security guard was approached by a group of men at a commercial establishment in Ballito, who tied him up using cable ties.
“The suspects entered the company’s premises and placed boxes of drinks in their escape vehicle. They also broke into other facilities where they stole several cameras. Cases of theft and robbery were opened at the Umhlali police station for investigation.”
The police started the investigation that resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of some of the stolen items. The suspects will appear at the Ntuzuma Magistrates’ Court on Monday and face new charges of theft and robbery, Mbele said.
KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula, said he was pleased that the officers involved were not injured or injured in the shooting.
African News Agency (ANA)