No police uniforms were looted when at least 12 attackers attacked a police building in Pretoria on Sunday evening.
Brig. Police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe urged the public not to spread false or misleading information about the incident.
RNews earlier reported that the suspects tied up security guards to gain access to the building. However, police officers on patrol thwarted the suspects’ attempt to enter the building. During the confrontation between the police officers and the suspects, a police constable was shot and wounded. He was taken to a hospital for medical care.
General Fannie Masemola, national police commissioner, visited the police officer in the hospital on Monday.
“The motive for the attempt to gain access to the building is being investigated,” Mathe added. A case of business robbery, attempted murder, intentional damage to property and that the suspects posed as police officers is being investigated. The search for the suspects continues.
“According to the preliminary investigation, the armed men posed as police officers before they overpowered the security guards. A police officer on duty, busy with patrol work, responded to the incident and there was a shooting. The armed men fled the scene with the officer’s service pistol, car keys, a petrol card and R145 in cash.”
Mathe says the SAPS cannot reveal what is stored or kept at the building due to security reasons.