Two suspects allegedly responsible for three robberies at businesses outside Tzaneen on Monday were stopped in their tracks by Police later that day.
Provincial Police Corporate Communications Head, Motlafela Mojapelo indicated that the positive outcome of the arrests is due to the deployment of Police officers across the province as part of the Festive Season operations and that the suspects will appear in the Giyani and Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court soon.
Mojapelo explained that the duo, aged 35 and 42 respectively, had allegedly entered a shop at Mokwakwaila village outside Tzaneen, shot the owner in the head and fled with an unknown amount of cash. Police arrived at the scene and the shop owner was taken to hospital where he is currently recuperating. A manhunt was immediately launched for the suspects, according to Mojapelo.
He said the suspects, unaware of the Police closing in on them, continued to rob businesses in Dumeri and Abel in the Giyani Cluster soon after the first robbery. Police members from Tzaneen and Giyani Clusters joined in a coordinated operation to trace the vehicle which resulted in a high-speed chase, according to Mojapelo.
Police quickly caught up to the suspects but the driver of the getaway car lost control and the vehicle swerved into the bush where some of them emerged and fled while firing some shots. Mojapelo said the injured suspect was allegedly shot by one of his own partners in crime in an effort to destroy evidence. He is recuperating in hospital under Police guard. The second suspect handed himself over to Police after the incident. Mojapelo said the suspects face charges of business robbery and attempted murder.
Story: RC Myburgh