Heavily armed robbers arrested after shootout with Mount Frere police

AUGUST 18, 2016

Six firearms, including two AK 47, one R1 and four pistols and more than 1 000 rounds of ammunition were recovered on Wednesday, at about 16:30, when Public Order Police (POP) members foiled an armed robbery at Tabankulu, Mount Frere.

"Police followed up on information received indicating that five heavily armed men intended to rob at a local grocery store in Tabankulu," described police spokesperson, Lt Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.

"POP members spotted the vehicle with five occupants on the way to Tabankulu. When the suspects noticed that they were being followed they started shooting at the police members who returned fire.

"The possibility is being investigated that the deceased suspects could be linked with several other armed robbery cases in Mthatha and Port St Johns areas."

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has been informed.

“The police in the Province are committed in clamping down on crime and criminal activities. SAPS members in the rural areas are evenly vigilant to combat crime and will continue to be visible and maintain a zero tolerance approach in their policing areas,” said Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga.