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2021/01/11      |  Written By:  Captain N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 7 January 2021 – It is alleged on 6 January 2020 at 17:50, a police officer attached to the Ladysmith K9 Unit was on the way to report on duty when she was stopped by the victims of a business robbery which was committed on Poona Road in Ladysmith.

A description of the four suspects was given to the police officer. Using her private vehicle, she drove around until she spotted the suspects. When the suspects saw her they started to shoot at her and a shoot-out ensued. The suspects fled in different directions and she managed to call for back up. Police officers from the K9 Unit and Ladysmith SAPS swiftly responded to the scene.

Two suspects aged 21 were arrested whilst hiding in a house. They were found in possession of an illegal firearm with ammunition as well as a toy gun. The money that was taken during the robbery was also recovered. Police are still searching for the other suspects who managed to flee the scene. The police officer’s private vehicle was damaged in the shooting. The suspects will appear before the Ladysmith Magistrates Court on charges of robbery, attempted murder, as well as illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the policewoman for being brave when facing ruthless criminals head on. ”We will not rest until the remaining culprits are caught,” he said.