Durban – Two men were arrested and money and weapons were seized after a cash robbery in transit (CIT) in the Western Cape, during which the suspects attempted to flee in a police van.
According to Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, spokesman for national police commissioner Khehla John Sitole, a CIT vehicle was ambushed and robbed by a group of gunmen at Klapmuts shortly after 6:00 p.m.
"The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled to the R44, but when they reached Cloetesville they were cornered by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) who were responding to [the] theft.
"A gunfight happened, but the shameless suspects left the vehicle in front of the Cloetesville police station, got into a police van and left," Naidoo said.
There followed a "chase," according to Naidoo, during which the suspects lost control of the van and fell. They abandoned the damaged vehicle and fled on foot in different directions.
Police tracked down two of the suspects, aged between 37 and 43, and arrested them.
Two assault rifles, a revolver and a bag of money were recovered, Naidoo said. "Two police trucks have been damaged, but fortunately our police escaped unharmed and no other injuries were reported at this stage."
The provincial commissioner was tasked with implementing the 72-hour SAPS activation plan to seize the remaining suspects.
Sitole praised those involved in the prisons for their "irresistible resilience."
"The commitment demonstrated by our members tonight is a reflection of SAPS's commitment as a whole to ensure that people can not commit heinous crimes and expect to flee from it," Sitole said.
African News Agency / ANA