BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the Hawks’ Technical Operation Management Section (TOMS) members shot and critically wounded three hijackers on a robbery mission.
A police statement related that TOMS members received information about the hijacked Toyota double cab with occupants who were on their way to commit an armed robbery in Gauteng Province.
“They followed the suspicious vehicle on N14 towards Krugersdorp. The suspect’s vehicle off ramped to the filling station on the same route.
The police tried to pull them over at the garage but suspects started shooting at the police and left the garage at high speed.
The chase ensued for a few kilometers until the suspects lost control of their vehicle and hit a ditch.
The suspects tried to flee on foot, still shooting at the police but the men of law returned fire, critically wounding all suspects,” SAPS narrated.
It further related that “two set of police handcuffs, police blue lights, and two unlicensed firearms,” were recovered.
Further investigation revealed that the suspects’s vehicle had been reported hijacked in Mpumalanga. It had a police registration number belonging to the Local Criminal Record Center (LCRC).
The three hijackers according to SAPS, are on death bed. They “are in a critical condition in hospital under police guard.”
If they survive, “the trio aged 28, 31 and 34 will appear before the Randburg Magistrates Court.”
Charges awaiting them ranges from attempted murder to possession of police equipment, unlicensed firearms, and hijacking.
Meanwhile, SAPS National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Phahlane issued another statement regarding SAPS readiness for the up coning elections.
“To the members of the South African Police Service, my directive is that we continue to apply fundamental policing principles.
Every member of the South African Police Service has a responsibility and an obligation to execute our mandate…We shall exercise maximum restraint in our resolve to protect lives and property.
No amount of pressure, emotion and intolerance will sway us from the execution of our duties. We will ensure a safe and secure environment for free and fair election to prevail, ” Phahlane charged.