Three Zimbabweans shot dead in SA, seven others serious injured in armed robbery
THREE alleged Zimbabwean cash-in-transit armed-robbers have been shot dead in Yeoville, Johannesburg, while seven of their countrymen have been arrested as South African Police Service (SAPS) adopt a shoot-to-kill strategy to swoop on such
criminals during the festive season.
This followed a bloody shootout in Johannesburg on Wednesday (yesterday) in which a Hillbrow police officer was also killed as the alleged criminals opened fire on policeman, who in turn fired back resulting in the bloodbath.
Police said they had arrested seven Zimbabwean nationals in connection with the case and several other cash heist. The suspects were found in possession of fraudulent identity documents, police said.
There has been an increase in such criminal activities ahead of the festive season while police officers have been gunned down in the line of duty, prompting police to adopt the shoot to kill policy.
On Tuesday police gunned down eleven South African nationals suspected cash-in-transit robbers who attempted to hijack a cash delivery truck in Mahobane outside the capital Pretoria.
Disgraced National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi, said police would up the gear to deal with “large gangs of armed thugs.”
Police also warned they will not play hide and seek with the criminals but will deal with them directly with their full might in crime-riddled South Africa.
“We will not hesitate to fight fire with fire in order to protect our people and their property,” Selebi warned-CAJ News.