Tebogo Msimanga |
Two suspects were arrested while the other two were fatally wounded during a shootout with the police on Monday near Delmas. According to the police report, a cash delivery van with two security guards was attacked by a group of heavily armed suspects.
Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the suspects tried to rob the guards of cash but their efforts were futile. “Police were alerted and swiftly went to the scene and upon their arrival, a shootout with police ensued.”
Mohlala said the police defended themselves whereby two suspects were shot dead while two other suspects reportedly hijacked a Toyota Quantum minibus. “The police managed to pursue the kombi and arrested the two suspects, aged 24 and 34. The rest of the suspects fled the scene.”
He said the police managed to recover a rifle as well as magazines, jamming devices and police hand radios. “The members further confiscated a white Porche Cayene and a silver BMW SUV which were allegedly used by the suspects in the said robbery.”
Police are still on the lookout for the remaining suspects. Police are still busy on the scene and more evidence may be uncovered. The two suspects are expected to appear before the Delmas District Court soon facing armed robbery charges, possession of firearm and ammunition as well as possession of explosives.