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MAN IS DUE TO APPEAR BEFORE COURT FOR BUSINESS ROBBERY, POSSESSION OF FIREARM AND AMMUNITION MEANWHILE A MANHUNT HAS BEEN LAUNCHED FOR TWO OTHER SUSPECTS: NELSPRUIT
2021/08/19      |  Written By:  Colonel D Mdhluli   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - A 36-year-old man is due to appear before the Amersfoort Magistrates’ Court on allegations of business robbery, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Meanwhile members of the South African Police Service in Amersfoort have launched a manhunt for two remaining suspects, in connection with a business robbery which occurred in early hours of Wednesday, 18 August 2021 at Amersfoort. 

According to information reported, police received information about a business robbery in progress at a certain shop, at Zamokuhle location, they were joined by another police officer who was off duty at the time. This member resides around the area and was also alerted about the incident. 

Upon arrival they found three suspects, two were on the roof where they (suspects) allegedly gained entry and the other one was still inside the shop. The two on the roof fled when they spotted the police while the remaining suspect reportedly came out from the shop in possession of a firearm in his hand. A shooting then ensued where the suspect was shot and injured. The members further seized the said firearm and ammunition. The suspect was taken to hospital and is currently under police guard. The court appearance has been set aside for 02 September 2021. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) are investigating the incident.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has welcomed the arrest of one suspect as well as the confiscation of the firearm and ammunition. The General further ordered that the outstanding suspects be swiftly brought to book.

Police urge anyone with information that may assist them in arresting the other two suspects who are still at large, to contact Detective Sergeant Siphiwe Ndlovu at 072 638 1465 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.