Sus­pects in dock after shootout

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TWO armed men, who were ar­rested after a shootout with po­lice, yes­ter­day ap­peared in the KwaMbonambi Mag­is­trate’s Court on charges of il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion. A gang of heav­ily armed men al­legedly shot at po­lice from a house in KwaMbonambi, KwaZulu-Na­tal, on Tues­day. Po­lice of­fi­cers re­tal­i­ated, leav­ing one sus­pect dead. Two were ar­rested and another shooter fled the scene. Spokesper­son Colonel Them­beka Mb­hele said yes­ter­day the Em­pan­geni crime in­tel­li­gence unit re­ceived in­for­ma­tion the wanted sus­pects were in a house in the Macekane area, KwaMbonambi. As­sisted by the Spe­cial Task Force unit, po­lice of­fi­cers pounced and a shootout en­sued. Mb­hele said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the men were part of a hi­jack­ing syndicate that has been tar­get­ing KwaZulu-Na­tal govern­ment depart­ment ve­hi­cles and tak­ing them across the bor­der. “The sus­pects were linked to a hi­jack­ing of a KZN Depart­ment of Health ve­hi­cle which was hi­jacked in the Shayamoya area, KwaMbonambi, this month,” he said. “The sus­pects were also linked to another KZN depart­ment ve­hi­cle, which was hi­jacked in the Mtun­zini area, also this month. The mem­bers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether they are wanted for other hi­jack­ings where ve­hi­cles are taken across the bor­der.” Act­ing Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ma­jor-Gen­eral Bhekinkosi Langa said po­lice would work around the clock to trace the crim­i­nal who es­caped.

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