Tebogo Msimanga |
The number of cash-in-transit (CIT) suspects killed during a shootout with Gauteng police in Sebokeng has risen to nine, while three others are receiving medical treatment under police guard in hospital.
Members of the SAPS Tactical Response Team (TRT) were following up on crime intelligence-driven information relating to suspects who were on their way to commit a CIT robbery on Thursday morning, 06 April 2023.
National Police Spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said the suspects were traced to an identified address in Sebokeng, where a shoot-out ensued between the armed suspects and police.
“A total of eight suspects were certified dead at the scene while the ninth suspect died in hospital. Three others were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment”.
Mathe said six rifle’s , six commercial explosives that were already assembled and ready to be detonated as well as four vehicle’s have been seized.
The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele says he is confident that police are making serious inroads in the fight against serious and violent crime.
“If they come hard on us, we came harder on them, it’s them and us on behalf of the community. We can’t co-govern, we can’t rule with criminals. We are asserting the authority of the state on behalf of our communities”, stressed Cele.