The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) congratulated agents of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on their bravery in responding to Monday’s botched money robbery.
“It is exactly this kind of determined response that the SAPS must follow through, to send all criminals in South Africa a strong warning that we have declared war on crime. South Africa’s rapidly rising crime rates demand a strong and immediate response,” the EFF said in a statement statement on Tuesday.
“We wish the police officers who were injured a speedy recovery and extend our appreciation to them and their families for their selfless efforts in defending our country from criminals. May the courage and authority of the SAPS continue in our war against crime.”
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 police officers and a Metro police officer were injured.
Eight suspects were fatally injured and pronounced dead at the 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 the vehicles and firearms. All stolen vehicles had false license plates.