Girl hurt in foiled robbery out of danger

2013-04-29 16:27

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Johannesburg - A 5-year-old girl wounded when 15 men tried to rob Emperors Palace casino was recovering well in hospital on Monday, Life The Glynnwood Hospital said.

"She is stable and recovering well this morning. We gave her a teddy and she is doing well," marketing manager Elbett Bole said.

"Doctors removed shrapnel from the side of her face and her head this morning, but her spirits are well.

"Her parents are shaken up as any parents under the circumstances would be, but are doing well too."

Bole said there were no concerns of brain damage or hearing loss. She said it was unclear when 5-year-old Shane du Plessis would be discharged.

"Doctors would determine that after their ward rounds this afternoon."

A stray bullet grazed her head in the casino's hotel on Sunday morning during a foiled robbery.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police at the casino received a tip-off that 19 men were going to rob the venue.

Police confronted a group at the entrance and a shoot-out ensued.

Fifteen men were arrested and expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Three AK-47 assault rifles, four pistols and one revolver were recovered at the scene.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said the arrests should be a warning to criminals.

"Criminals must know that here in Gauteng asibhenywa, asbhay' skelm, siyabopha [in Gauteng we don't mess around. We will catch you and arrest you]."

The men face charges of conspiracy to rob, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, and possession of suspected stolen vehicles.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the arrests reflected police precision and should send a message to criminals that police would not hesitate to protect citizens.

"The success of this operation has demonstrated that we have the capacity to make a significant impact on crime," he said in a statement.

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