SAPS reward for criminals

By Drum Digital
30 March 2016

Police Investigative Unit, The Hawks, are offering a reward of R150 000 to anyone who can provide them with information that can lead to the successful arrest and conviction of five perpetrators involved in the bombing of an in Kriel, Mpumalanga.

By Ayanda Sitole

Police Investigative Unit, The Hawks, are offering a reward of R150 000 to anyone who can provide them with information that can lead to the successful arrest and conviction of five perpetrators involved in the bombing of an in Kriel, Mpumalanga.

The event took place in November 2011 where an ATM at a petrol station was bombed and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.

According to the SAPS, the five suspects used a blasting the machine, and a man who wanted to withdraw cash was critically injured.

One of the suspects opened fire using of R5 bullets, coming from one of the gang members who guarded the entrance to the garage. He is now semi paralyzed.

Last year Gun Free South Africa, an Ngo which promotes responsible gun ownership, petitioned to have R5 rifles to be banned from the police force after the brutal killings of miners in Marikana in 2012.

The victim was shot at with the lethal weapon and managed to reverse but could only drive 10 mitres before calling the SAPS for help.

The suspects then proceeded to blast another ATM at a nearby Truth Save Complex on the same day.

After the police were alerted to the ATM bombings they went to the scene of the second bombing the suspects opened fire.

According to SAPS the officers called for backup but the suspects fled the scene of the crime.

Little is still known about the suspects except that they were driving a silver vehicle with an unknown registration.

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