Two alleged armed robbers shot dead outside Matatiele, two still at large

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Joint efforts between Matatiele and Maluti SAPS led to the recovery of firearms and ammunition on Tuesday after a morning business robbery in Matatiele resulted in a fatal shootout between officers and four suspects.

According to Eastern Cape police, officers were called to respond to a robbery at Sibi village, outside Matatiele, at about 8:00am where it is alleged that the robbers had taken an undisclosed amount of money, airtime vouchers and cell phones from the store and escaped. 

“Matatiele police requested assistance from Maluti SAPS and launched a manhunt for the suspects after they received Information was received that the robbers were hiding in a forest close to Sibi village.

 "It is alleged that when the robbers saw police vehicles approaching, they fired shots at the police. 

“Police retaliated and during the shootout two robbers, aged between 25and 32 years old, were fatally wounded, while two of them escaped and are still at large,” described police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni.

He added that two 9mm firearms and one revolver with forty rounds of ammunition were recovered at the scene. 

“The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain whether they have been used in other crimes. No police members were injured during the incident,” said CaptainTonjeni.

Matatiele Cluster Commander, Colonel Kabelo Makeke, commended the SAPS members for excellent teamwork when their assistance was most needed.

”Matatiele police would like to appeal to anyone who has information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the two robbers who are still at large also public advised not to approach the suspects as they are considered to be armed and dangerous, “ said Captain Tonjeni.

“The members of the public are therefore requested to contact the nearest police station or call Warrant Officer Sibusiso  Ntlangulela 079 198 4948 on Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211,” he added.