Police no closer to tracking down SABC crew mugging suspects

MARCH 13, 2015

Despite a hefty reward and the suspects' faces clearly recognisable on video, police on Friday were reportedly no closer to tracking down the armed men who robbed an SABC news crew on Tuesday evening. Apparently, the suspects are also known to have been involved in several smash and grab incidents around the crime scene.

A team of police, reservists and metro officers reportedly swooped on the area around Milpark Hospital on Thursday night where they scoured a number of hideouts they believe criminals use after robbing their victims.

One suspect was arrested but for an unrelated crime.

Gauteng Police Chief Lesetja Mothiba told EWN; “From last night’s operations we did not recover anything, even after quite a number of stop and searches."

He maintains detectives are working hard to arrest at the two men.

“We want to thank our public for the information that is coming in. Our war room and detectives are busy analysing this information, and we want to thank the public for that,” he said.

When the incident happened, SABC’s Contributing Editor Vuyo Mvoko, was preparing to do a live crossing from outside the hospital where the Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has been hospitalised, when the two armed men approached him and robbed him and his crew.

The suspects appeared oblivious to the camera and are clearly seen – one even shouts (off-camera) “shoot this dog” in reference to Mvoko as he seemed to resist.

Police have offered a reward of R100 000 for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the SABC muggers.

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