Independent Police Investigative Directorate (ipid) spokesman Grace Langa said the 15 police officers involved in the shooting in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg, were traumatized by the incident on Monday.
Langa added that Ipid has taken over the investigation, as the police were involved in the CIT robbery shooting. Eight people were killed in the shooting.
Langa said about 15 police officers were involved in the shooting.
“There were about 15 officers from different units involved in the shooting with criminals and we were unable to interview them because most of the officers are still traumatized by what happened,” she said.
Langa added that 10 suspects have been arrested so far. Five were identified as Zimbabwean, one is from Botswana and four are from KwaZulu-Natal.
On Monday evening, Police Minister Bheki Cele said eight suspects had been arrested while others were on the run. Cele said there were about 25 suspects involved in the shooting.
The shooting claimed the lives of eight criminals and left two other gang members in critical condition – their recent health is not yet known.
Five Saps members were seriously injured and are said to be recovering at Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg.
The Ipid spokesperson added that the suspect from Botswana is a wanted criminal and an alleged mastermind of money transport in South Africa.
Langa said Ipid investigators are still consolidating crime scene information.
“IPID investigators are still on site and the investigation is ongoing. We will have detailed confirmations of all allegations, the scene of the incident and what led to the incident when the place is closed and completed. At this stage, we have too much information coming from different people attending the scene,” Langa said.
The Monday shooting follows a money robbery on Sunday in Eden Park, Gauteng, which resulted in: an innocent bystander be killed.
The group of gunmen started firing at the money truck and managed to escape with at least three bags of money.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects.