Operationalised crime intelligence information led a multi-disciplinary team of officers to a safe house in Dalpark, Brakpan in Gauteng where the team confronted a group of suspects allegedly conspiring to commit a cash-in-transit robbery, resulting in the subsequent arrest of 19 suspects and the recovery of nine vehicles and nine firearms among other exhibits.
This morning just after 07:30, members from Gauteng Serious & Violent Crimes, Johannesburg Crime Intelligence and K9, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Ekurhuleni Trio Task Team as well as Fidelity Specialized Services and Community Active Protection executed an operational plan based on information received from Crime Intelligence. Upon arrival at the house, a shootout ensued between the team and the suspects, with some of the suspects fleeing the scene. Two of the suspects were shot fatally.
A police vehicle with two members pursued a suspect who hijacked a VW Golf to flee the scene to the corner of Jubilee and Snyman Streets. Another shootout ensued between the suspect and the police officers where a police constable was shot. He died from his injuries on the scene while the suspect fled on foot.
Four of the nine vehicles have been positively identified as stolen/hijacked while seven of the nine firearms were rifles (4 x AK47/3 x R5) and two were pistols. A bag containing live ammunition as well as explosives with the value still to be determined, were also confiscated.
The Province has instituted the 72-Hour Activation plan to ensure that all the necessary resources needed to investigate this incident are mobilised. The team is following leads to track and locate the suspect allegedly responsible for the fatal shooting of the police constable.
The Management of the South African Police Service will be sending messages of condolences to the family of the slain police constable. Gauteng Province Management has committed to affording the officer’s family the necessary support during their time of bereavement and beyond.
The arrested suspects will be appearing in Brakpan Magistrate’s Court within 48 hours to face charges that may include murder, conspiracy to commit a robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of explosives and possession of suspected stolen property.
We are appealing to anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects that managed to evade arrest to contact the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or send tip-offs on MySAPS App.