Robber Killed While Attempting To Rob Western Cape Minister


Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that a robber was killed while he was attempting to rob Albert Fritz, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development.

It’s said that the suspect and his cohort tried to rob the Western Cape Minister and his team in Nyanga on the Cape Flats.

The Minister and his team were attending an event this morning when the robbers attacked them. One was killed and another, seriously wounded.

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Confirming this incident, the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security in the City of Cape Town, JP Smith said:

“This morning while attending an event in Nyanga two armed men attempted to rob Albert Fritz and his protectors of their cell phones.

“The armed robbers attempted to shoot one of the protectors, the protectors defended themselves and the Minister.

One robber was injured, the other one was killed. The MEC and the two protectors are safe. Trauma counselling is being arranged for everybody involved.”

SAPS related a similar incident

“One suspect was fatally wounded, one injured and a bystander wounded following an attempted robbery involving MEC for Social Development Mr Albert Fritz.

“It is alleged two armed suspects tried to rob the MEC and his spokesperson of their cellular phones. The MEC’s protectors fired shots in response. The IPID has taken over the investigation,” added the police service.

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Meanwhile, SAPS members arrested three murder suspects in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape.

“Relentless efforts by a team of dedicated detectives resulted in the arrest of three male suspects, between the ages of 20 and 25 years, on a charge of murder within hours after a murder was committed,” stated SAPS.

Commenting on this, the Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brig John Lebok expressed his condolences to the family for their loss. He also thanked members of the community for working with SAPS members to arrest the perpetrators.