On Friday morning, 06 October 2023, a dramatic shootout between the police and four suspects believed to be involved in a series of cash-in-transit robberies took place in the eThekwini District. The suspects, who were cornered in a house in KwaMashu, met their demise as law enforcement officers fought back in self-defence.
The operation was led by a team of skilled police officers from various disciplines, in collaboration with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks. Following intelligence and information gathered after recent cash-in-transit heists, the team pinpointed a house at the corner of Queen Nandi Drive and Sikhindi Road as a potential safe haven for the suspects.
As the police announced their presence, the suspects opened fire, initiating a dangerous shootout. In self-defence, the law enforcement officers had no choice but to return fire. The exchange of bullets resulted in the fatal wounding of all four suspects.
During the subsequent search of the premises, the police discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition. The suspects were found in possession of an AK47 assault rifle, an R5 rifle, two pistols, and a significant amount of ammunition. Additionally, a large quantity of explosives, several vehicle number plates (including some registered in Limpopo), and signal jammers were also seized.
While this operation successfully neutralized four suspects, the investigation remains ongoing, and law enforcement agencies are actively pursuing other individuals believed to be involved in the cash-in-transit robberies. A manhunt is underway to ensure that all those responsible for these crimes are brought to justice.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has been called upon to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. IPID’s involvement will help ensure transparency and accountability, providing an independent assessment of the events that unfolded during the fatal shootout.