6 killed on farm, suspects in 25 cases

2011-07-04 18:49

Cape Town - The six men who were killed on a Richmond farm on Sunday night and Monday morning were wanted for at least 25 robberies and a businessman's murder.

The men were part of a 23-man gang wanted for a spate of business and house robberies across KwaZulu-Natal.

After being alerted to the attempted robbery on a farm just outside Eston, a shoot-out ensued between police and the seven robbers.

Five of the men were killed on Sunday night. Another, who was shot in the leg, was found the following day and the seventh was shot dead on Monday morning after failing to surrender, a police source said

The source told News24 that the seven were part of a 23-man gang that crime intelligence officers and detectives were tracking for just over two weeks.

A few days ago, police had arrested 12 members of the gang. All the suspects are in their early 20's and are from the Marianhill area.

In a statement, police commissioner General Bheki Cele said: "These suspects chose to open fire on police officers rather than to surrender and by raising and firing on our police, five of the… thugs were fatally wounded. I am elated that my officers emerged unscathed.”  

“I should imagine that this incident would serve as a further reminder that our police officers will not take kindly to being shot at.

“It also proves that we are prepared to protect our clients, the citizens of South Africa, both in urban and rural areas.”

Police are still hunting for the other four suspects.

  • IrishLuck - 2011-07-04 18:59

    For once, I find myself in agreement with Bheki Cele. Saves the taxpayers expensive trials and free lifelong accommodation for criminial cretins. well done SAPS

      renaldogouws - 2011-07-04 19:08

      I hope they burn in hell.

      Parko - 2011-07-04 19:58

      A good day for our nation that all people , black and white , can celebrate

      Liberty - 2011-07-04 19:59

      Thanks to SA police and Mr Cele. Sometimes you talk my kind of language. Shoot the bastards!! Problem solved

      gallus - 2011-07-04 20:44

      Hear, hear!

      Snotty - 2011-07-04 20:48 la la ....way to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-04 21:04

      great news for once!!!

      Bloodbane - 2011-07-05 07:28

      @Wedfew - very happy!!!! first if you bothered to read the story the police recieved a tip off saying these men where going to rob a farm, police got their first and waited for the men, men arrived at the farm at night with weapons... plice asked them to put their hands up and they shot at the police.... tell me in what univers if there anything wrong with killing them. right now they should take the bobies and hang them out side the settlement where they came from as a warning to others!

  • Al Chemist - 2011-07-04 18:59

    Top marks for the police! Well done!

  • Deric Slabberts - 2011-07-04 19:04

    Yes, a good story indeed!

  • gizzy - 2011-07-04 19:05

    Another six bite the dust!!!!! Yeah!

  • MWF - 2011-07-04 19:09

    Credit were it is due, well done SAPS for ridding our society of trash.

  • LBS - 2011-07-04 19:12

    Good news for a change!

  • Olufemi - 2011-07-04 19:12

    That is what is called shoot to kill!

  • africrealist - 2011-07-04 19:13

    General Cele sia mugela sia bonga ungulungulo be nawue

  • - 2011-07-04 19:16

    Good work ! :)

  • Olufemi - 2011-07-04 19:18

    That is what is called shoot to kill!

  • Photojockey - 2011-07-04 19:20

    Give them bail, they've earned it...!! That's the general policy with magistrates these days

      TSaR - 2011-07-04 22:55

      yeah, bailout the dead guys. are you OK?

  • Prof D - 2011-07-04 19:23

    good work guys this is the second good news item that ive heard today from SAPS

  • montecristo - 2011-07-04 19:23

    Good shooting!!!!! This way is far better than the useless SA judiciary!!

  • abroekhu1 - 2011-07-04 19:34

    Good riddance! Well done to the policemen involved

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-04 19:39

    Yebo! Enkosi (as we say down here in Cape Town) to the SA police. Thank you for doing your dangerous job for our benefit. We appreciate it more than you know. I also feel a bit like a hypocrite because I have sometimes been critical of Gen. Cele, but today, sir, I salute you, and your men and women. You can count on us, South Africans, to do our bit to help you in your fight.

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-07-04 19:40

    In a sea of darkness I see a faint light. Well done SAPS (a statement I very rarely have an opportunity to make). No chance of bail for those six lads then? SA is indeed safer; if only by the most infinitesimal fraction of a margin. It's a start.

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-04 19:45

    No bail, no jail. FAIL! Criminal bastards. Well done SAPS.

  • deon.fourie - 2011-07-04 19:46

    Good news and good work SAP. Now if only they can decapitate these monsters and drag their heads behind a SAP Vehicle so their friends can see it. The scary thing is, as gruesome as that sounds it's actually quite tame compared to the way these things murder some of their victims.

  • albird burger - 2011-07-04 19:46

    nice one guys have a cold one on me

  • White_Rhino - 2011-07-04 19:46

    How terrible to live in a country where the death of six people are actually "good news" . . . . incredible !!!

      deon.fourie - 2011-07-04 20:48

      Indeed, but the problem almost goes away once you define the word "person" more clearly. The way I see it a "person" is simply an animal that shares the human genome AND also adheres to what I can only describe as a decent margin within the lowest common denominator of what we accept as social responsibility within a group. Even someone as retarded as Malema falls into this category, but creatures like the dead 6 do not. The alarming thing isn't the fact that we're glad as a society about their deaths, the problem is that we're living in a society where scum like this is so common.

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-04 21:08

      wake up boet...these guys have killed countless....its great news that they dead

  • Makutu - 2011-07-04 19:46

    Nice work!

  • Mr D - 2011-07-04 19:49

    I'm no friend of the police because of what they are doing to some folks but hat off for this one. Thanks to the brave men who stood up to the trash.

  • Jaja - 2011-07-04 19:50

    Well done guys!!

  • sharon.artz - 2011-07-04 19:52

    Well done SAPS - take back our country from the thugs.

  • Colin - 2011-07-04 19:56

    Great to see SAPS are slowly starting to win the battle.

  • kimsha - 2011-07-04 20:05

    Lets hear it for the police

  • Mary-Ann Nagel - 2011-07-04 20:06

    Thanks to the police on yesterdays raid! My neighbours wasnt so lucky on 11th of June in Mooilande Vereeniging, both were killed! Saturday a farm near Heidelberg not far from where I live, 2 people killed!!Cant take it anymore.

  • shadrack - 2011-07-04 20:24

    Im an afro american thinking of finding work in SA once I finish school. So I often check this website to keep up on SA life and politics. Question--Is it legal for citizens to own fire arms in SA?

      Janine - 2011-07-04 20:35

      Yes - private citizens can own firearms.

      Zion - 2011-07-05 07:28

      If you are prepared to shed sweat, blood and tears for a licence.

  • World Traveler - 2011-07-04 20:28

    Well done! Give the police a Bells! Please note: The Police did the job right , Cele wants to take the credit!

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-07-04 20:40

    So glad that no cops were hurt. Well done guys, now let's get those bastards who killed that granny and mom in front of the kids in East London.

  • deon.fourie - 2011-07-04 20:59

    Dear Government, I know you suck and this will never happen, but if you want to see an awesome decrease in the crime rates please launch a massive campaign to arm all of your law-abiding citizens effectively...

      deon.fourie - 2011-07-04 21:06

      In other words, take a page from what Switzerland is doing: "it is noted that there are about 420,000 assault rifles stored at private homes, mostly SIG SG 550 types. Additionally, there are some 320,000 assault rifles and military pistols exempted from military service in private possession, all selective-fire weapons having been converted to semi-automatic operation only" "As of 2007, Switzerland had a population of about 7,600,000. This would put the rate of killings or attempted killings with firearms at about one for every quarter million residents yearly. This represents a decline of aggravated assaults involving firearms since the early 1990s. The majority of gun crimes involving domestic violence are perpetrated with army ordnance weapons, while the majority of gun crime outside the domestic sphere involves illegally held firearms"

  • Gregory - 2011-07-04 21:03

    Death penalty with out a trial, They probably would of walked free had they gone on trial. Thank goodness they where sentenced and convicted in a shower of lead. Saved the tax payer a fortune.

  • THE.SRG - 2011-07-04 21:12

    dude this is the best news i heard all week...congrats to the police involved...not you cele...the ground troops....good on you guys

  • Benniten - 2011-07-04 21:18

    I smell a third force platoon and not a gang! Saps trying to score points and Cele moving the corruption spotlight away from himself.

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-04 21:27

      you can smell what you want but i for one am happy to see 6 of the scum dead

  • Politbiero - 2011-07-04 21:40

    A Bells would be in order, I'd say, ol' chap?

  • TSaR - 2011-07-04 22:54

    “It also proves that we are prepared to protect our clients, the citizens of South Africa, both in urban and rural areas.” At last we are recognized as clients and not nuisances. Transformation is taking place at higher levels. Now train the morons in the charge office to treat us as clients.

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-07-05 00:42

    well done SAP

  • Tony - 2011-07-05 02:49

    Good riddance to rubbish,burn in hell bastards!!

  • smallies - 2011-07-05 06:03

    ja nee skiet die bleeeeksems !!!!!!

  • Wedfew - 2011-07-05 06:31

    Yeah ... finally leave the death penalty don't send them to jail... just kill the Fkers in the street... What makes us any different?

  • pig - 2011-07-05 06:42

    well done SAP. makes us proud to be SA citizens.

  • HardHitter - 2011-07-05 06:51

    6 killed in 5 minutes, 25 cases closed, saving the tax payers thousands, saving prospective victims from crime priceless. 6 scum ,rubbish , Mandela's people gone from the face of earth PRICELESS!

  • dotty_01 - 2011-07-05 06:56

    my heartfelt congratulations to the police involved in this investigation. i love it when a plan comes together.

  • Zion - 2011-07-05 07:23

    Good to have these animals out of circulation. Now we can smile another week

  • Squiggy - 2011-07-05 07:29

    Good for the cops. I'd much rather see criminals being killed than innocent citizens or brave police officers.

  • Daffy - 2011-07-05 07:45

    Why is it that a dead person always has one shoe on? After seing the pic of one of the dead guys, he only has one shoe on...does anybody know why this is? Even when someone jumps off a building, pics of them are with one shoe on....

  • zule - 2011-07-05 07:59

    It's GREAT to have a good news story with a HAPPY ending...the baddies are dead...not some innocent people...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, BHEKI CELE and your men

  • TrailerTrash - 2011-07-05 08:02

    At last an encouraging story. Well done to all that were involved in removing these threats from our society.

  • Mr Dobbs - 2011-07-05 08:43

    The popo in KZN don't waste time! We shoot first and ask questions later, as long as we know we are shooting at the perps!!

  • ET - 2011-07-05 08:51

    Good good good.... keep it up! Find the b@stards that are killing our farmers and sort them out.