3 arrested after Muldersdrift shoot-out

2012-09-14 13:02

Johannesburg - A Muldersdrift house robbery spree ended in a shoot-out with police and the arrest of three alleged robbers on Friday, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said the first robbery happened shortly after 19:00 on Thursday evening, and left a 55-year-old man shot and wounded.

He was among a group of people outside their home when a barking dog alerted them to the approach of three or four men carrying firearms.

The group fled into the house, during which time the man was shot.

While police were investigating that robbery, they heard reports of a second attack - in the early hours of Friday morning - in which a television was stolen.

Police pursued the robbers to a field near the N14 Swartkop off-ramp, where a shoot-out ensued.

One alleged robber was shot and another two arrested. A fourth man escaped. The wounded robber was taken to hospital.
Police recovered clothes, two plasma televisions, cellphones and two unlicensed firearms.

Mogale said they were investigating a possible link between these robberies and the attack last week, in which 13-year-old Alyssa Botha was shot and killed in Muldersdrift.

"That is being investigated. We are not ruling out that possibility," Mogale said.

Gauteng DA spokesperson for community safety Kate Lorimer said that Thursday's house robbery happened only three houses away from the scene of the robbery that left Botha dead.

She said that 93% of the households on the same street had been the target of house robberies, with residents of the area complaining of a "wild west" environment.

  • whites.mustunite - 2012-09-14 13:18

    Please kill these violent thugs on the spot. They are arrested only to be let out of prison.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-14 13:54

      Quite sickening that the guy who was shot was taken to hospital. I wonder who is taking care of the victims hospital bills, etc? !!!!!!!! - 2012-09-14 15:27

      Again, we all know who and what they are, the ones who are responsible for 80% of all crime in SA... The hard working, tax paying minority of this country need to get more vigilant and get trained in firearm use, if these robbers/murderers gets killed with every attempt we'll start succeeding in exterminating the human trash.

  • Badger - 2012-09-14 14:10

    "That is being investigated. We are not ruling out that possibility," Mogale said. These murderers will walk free, watch this space. The pot is reaching boiling point. Time to take the law into our own hands as the police are Incompetent. There is plenty of space to bury these thugs, plenty !!!

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-09-14 14:26

    If you can take someone elses life, you should be shot!!! You dont deserve human rights if you didnt take the persons life into account you shot!!!!!!

      dumisani.mndlovu - 2012-09-14 14:39

      True Sx

  • dumisani.mndlovu - 2012-09-14 14:36

    shoot to kill is the best response.don waste our money taking them to they will come back to haunt us

  • dewalds3 - 2012-09-14 15:15

    News24 - you have gone awfully silent on the 'jumper cable' murderers - why is that?

  • henk.f.prinsloo - 2012-09-17 12:30

    The good news for these robbers are the Humans Rights Watch. They will make sure the wounded robber gets the best treatment and perhaps legal support. But I keep this government directly responsible for all these crimes. They started a disarming campaign and are now urging their youth to arm themselves. Aren't the Mulder's Drift crime wave just a part of the genocide or extermination program of whites by the ANC? The ANC's tacit approval of such crimes gives the impression that they may perhaps even be covert supporters of these attacks. In view of the aggressive disarmament programme of the ANC, beginning with Thabo Mbeki's use of this as his election campaign slogan and the present (seeming) indifference to the many lives thus lost, no one will be able to convince me that this government is simply disinterested in these crime as it is on almost all other matters concerning life in South Africa. I am NOT politicizing my crime views to embarrass the ANC govenrnemt, I am just emphasizing the ANC's use of crime for political advantage!

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