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2023/02/07      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 06 February 2023 - Two suspects aged 39 and 40 were arrested whilst the third one was fatally shot by the police after reportedly staging a robbery this morning, Monday 06 February 2023 on the R29 Road in Leslie around 09h00 am.

According to the report a group of armed suspects attacked security guards who were carrying bags of money destined for undisclosed location in Leslie. As the security guards walked with the bags of cash, it is alleged that the suspects suddenly opened fire on them but luckily no one was injured at the time. The suspects then robbed the guards of the cash bags. Police at Leslie were alerted about the incident and they swiftly responded. One of the suspects inside a silver-grey VW Polo was shot during a shootout.

Police managed to corner the two suspects near business shops and arrested them and the two are believed to have been part of the group of robbers. Although some of the suspects managed to evade the arrest, police will not back down but will continue to pursue them. Three firearms, one pistol as well as two revolvers were confiscated from the suspects. Police further recovered three of the cash bags which were reportedly stolen during the robbery. The recovered firearms will be taken for ballistic testing to determine whether they were not used previously in the commission of crime.

The two suspects will be charged for armed robbery and possession of unlicenced firearms with ammunition. They will appear at the Leslie Periodical Court on Wednesday, 08 February 2023 facing the said charges. Police cannot rule out the possibility of adding more charges as the investigation continues. Currently the investigators are busy gathering details at the crime scene, including the determination of the amount of cash robbed by the suspects. The suspect who was shot has since been certified dead by the paramedics on the scene but he is yet to be identified by his family.

Police urge members of the public to notify them on their whereabouts of the suspects by calling the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest of the two suspects. The General is adamant that as the investigation proceeds, other unresolved cases of a similar nature will be solved.