Three arrested as prime suspects in Greytown gun battle case

2015-12-14 10:00
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Pietermaritzburg - There has been another breakthrough in the Greytown gun battle case, with three more suspects arrested last week.

Officers from the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit, the police’s Special Task Force, Durban K9 unit and Pieter­maritzburg Flying Squad on Wednesday conducted an intelligence- driven operation to trace and arrest suspects wanted in connection with the shoot-out that took place at Seven Oaks last month.

They went to the KwaMashu Hostel at Kholwa Road where they arrested three men aged between 21 and 32 and recovered an unlicensed gun as well as 78 rounds of ammunition.

All three suspects were detained at the Camperdown police station where they will be charged for possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunition, attempted murder and armed robbery.

They will appear in court soon.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the officers for their persistence in apprehending all the suspects involved in the shoot-out.

“We will continue with these operations to arrest all the remaining suspects as it will contribute to preventing further robberies during the festive season,” Ngobeni said.

Also applauding the police’s efforts, KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu said their actions and bravery illustrates that police are “more than capable of dealing with brazen suspects and fighting crime in the province”.

Seven members of the 35-strong gang were killed in the shoot-out at Seven Oaks and another three during a police raid at the hostel at the end of last month. It is believed the gang of robbers are behind a spree of armed robberies targeting Chinese-owned businesses in northern KZN, cash-in-transit vehicles, banks and ATMs. The gang is also believed to be linked to the fatal shooting of Durban flying squad Warrant Officer Ash Ramsakkan and the murder of Warrant Officer Jericho Mdletshe.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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