Rosettenville shooting: Ten men appeared before the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court Wednesday, with multiple charges ranging from conspiracy to commit aggravated theft, eight counts of murder, ten counts of possession of hijacked vehicles, attempted murder, possession of explosives, nine counts of possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition.
This following a multidisciplinary operation comprising the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), South African Police Service (SAPS), including the National Cash in Transit (CIT) Task Team, resulted in the rapid interception of an alleged money-transport robbery in Moffatview, Johannesburg, on Monday.
A shootout ensued between law enforcement and about 25 gang members in Rosettenville.
All the accused were taken into custody until March 3, 2022 for legal representation and verification of some of the accused’s The Vanir-exodusship in the country, the NPA said Wednesday.
“The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) commends the courage of our partners in the criminal justice system and wishes a speedy recovery to all officers injured in upholding the rule of law. We condemn the violence against law enforcement.”
According to a crime scene report by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), 18 members of various units and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department were involved in the crackdown.
A helicopter police officer, two Mofatt View SAPS officers and a Metro police officer were injured in the Rosettenville shooting.
Eight suspects were fatally injured and pronounced dead at the Rosettenville crime scene. One of the deceased suspects is an ex-serviceman.
Scene one was at number 50 Frias Hill Road and the following pieces were recovered:
- 1x Assault Rifle registered serial number with an empty magazine and twenty-three live ammunition
- Seventy-two used rifle caliber cartridges
- Five commercial explosives
- Six Carmex Wires
- Three detonators codes
- One stolen Audi Q3 with license plate CZ04ZPGP
- A stolen Ford Ranger with license plate HV08KXGP
- A stolen Mercedes Benz with license plate DD70WJGP
- A stolen Range Rover with registration number CY88GRGP
- A stolen Audi S4 with license plate HV08KXGP
Fingerprints and DNA swabs were removed from vehicles and firearms in Rosettenville. All stolen vehicles had false license plates.