JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Bheki Cele says eight suspects have been shot and killed during a shootout with police in Rosettenville, southern Johannesburg.
At least four police officers were critically wounded on Monday afternoon and are receiving urgent medical care in hospital.
Speaking to the media at the scene, Cele said eight other suspects had been arrested.
He said the gang of 25 was on its way to rob a cash van when police pounced on them.
Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela said: “Our team was monitoring them from last week but they didn’t commit their crime then. They decided that today they will commit that crime and our team was just behind them.”
He said nine of them are still on the run.
“We’ve counted about eight illegal rifles.”
Mawela said they’ve also recovered five stolen vehicles at the same house in The Hill.
Police minister Bheki Cele is here and has been briefed by local police. It seems the scene has been active until recently as police in civilian clothing have been rushing in while heavily armed. @motso_modise pic.twitter.com/5fU1IZlZN0
EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 21, 2022