KZN shoot-out suspects nabbed in special operation

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Durban – A special intelligence-driven operation led to the arrest of three suspects connected to the Seven Oaks shoot-out, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the joint operation was conducted by the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit, SAPS Special Task Force, Durban K9 and Pietermaritzburg Flying Squad on December 9.

"Police proceeded to the KwaMashu Hostel at Kholwa Road where they arrested three suspects aged between 21 and 32 and recovered an unlicensed firearm as well as 78 rounds of ammunition."

Zwane said the suspects, who were detained at the Camperdown police station, were linked to the Seven Oaks shoot-out and an armed robbery.

"They have been charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, attempted murder and armed robbery."

In November, eNCA reported that six men were shot dead and three were injured in a shoot-out with the police near Seven Oaks. It was reported that the shoot-out happened after the suspects committed a robbery in Newcastle.

Zwane reportedly said at the time that the robbers, who were travelling in four cars, were confronted by police officers outside Seven Oaks.

Robbers in two of the cars reportedly managed to escape and one of the cars was later found abandoned near Pinetown. The fourth car has not been located. 

He said the suspects would appear in court soon.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said: "We will continue with these operations to arrest all the remaining suspects as it will contribute to preventing further robberies during the festive season," she said.

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