Robbers hid behind schoolchildren in shoot-out

2011-06-24 14:16

Cape Town – Two primary schoolchildren were wounded when suspected robbers fleeing from police ran into a crowd of pupils in Johannesburg, Parktown.

School worker Mkhuseli Ngxabane told News24 he and other Roseneath Primary School personnel were alerted to the incident when children who had been let off earlier on their last day of the school term ran back into the school yard.

“That’s when we ran outside and saw everything,” he said.

According to Ngxabane a number of men had been trying to rob a cash van on the corner of Empire and Queens roads, unaware that there was a policeman in a private vehicle nearby.

“The tsotsis tried to shoot and escape and hide behind the learners,” he said.

The learners, believed to be girls between the ages of 11 and 13 were wounded in the ensuing shoot-out, Ngxabane said.

One of the girls was shot in the shoulder while the other was shot in the hand. The pupils were taken to a local hospital, he said.
According to Sapa one of the robbers had pointed a firearm at the driver of the security company van. The robber tried to discharge two shots but the gun jammed.

The robbers managed to escape and no arrests were made, Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou told Sapa.

Ndou said the guard driving the targeted van was carrying an amount of R100 000 which he withdrew earlier, for the company he works for.

It was unclear whether the police or the robbers shot the children, Ndou said.

  • Kristi10 - 2011-06-24 14:20

    Oh hell! Now we use children as shields! Burn bastards burn!!!!! The trauma the poor kids must have experienced I cannot even try and imagine. How will they ever feel safe at school again? - 2011-06-24 14:53

      Anything goes in hell

      Warren - 2011-06-24 15:03

      This is not serious enough to warrant Zuma's, let alone government's attention!!! Why should they get off their lazy fat asses & actually do something when the end result won't affect their salaries. Besides, come next election the sheep are just going to vote KFC... again!!!!

      horsehair - 2011-06-24 15:18

      I take it the cops were shooting with the kids around. Why would the robbers shoot through children if they were using them as shields?

      eyrie - 2011-06-24 15:27

      hiding behind school kids-wow you're such men

      Iran999 - 2011-06-24 15:32

      @ Bloody Agent - So it was YOU - Man you STINK !!

      BigPig69 - 2011-06-25 09:08

      Horsehair- Presumptions matey. You seem to miss that there was also security gaurds that was being robbed and they too had firearms. Easy to point fingers from your arm chair eh...

      1nawty0 - 2011-06-25 11:28

      If these robbers voted for the ANC and they get killed... they still going to heaven....!! so as long as you want you can shoot, kill innocent people then vote for ANC.

      kleinkoppi - 2011-06-25 13:44

      You ask how they are going to feel safe in that school... How the hell do you feel safe in SA....

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-24 14:27

    If they hid behind the kids it seems then that the police shot the kids?

      Niren - 2011-06-24 14:36

      @Gorilla, seems like it from a CSI perspective.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-24 14:37

      not nessasarily... they could have been shooting at the police from behind the kids and hit the kids, but it's more likely that the police did shoot them. We'll find out as more info comes in

      Klip - 2011-06-24 14:40

      yup, crazy wild west place this.

      The Goose - 2011-06-24 14:42

      Police shot the kids yes.

      Niren - 2011-06-24 14:43

      Not taking anything away from the police, but they should have first taken into account they were in the vicinity of a school, and dealt with the matter with more caution. The situation could have been much worse, luckily only injuries to the kids.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-24 14:49

      Flippin disgusting. As much as I sympathise with the police, once again I say, surely training must say "Kids in red zone - hold fire" Police should have never returned fire with kids in this contact. Sad, sad, sad.

      Warren - 2011-06-24 15:10

      I'm just glad nobody lost a child today!!!

      Kappie - 2011-06-25 10:45


  • ManOTMoment - 2011-06-24 14:27

    So is this now a hijacking or cash in transit heist????????

      jowza - 2011-06-24 14:33

      reporters on this site are amongst the worst.they summarize news reports and still get it wrong or give you half the story

      Kristy - 2011-06-24 14:37

      Yes, i would also like to know. Maybe before news24 printed the first story thay should have gotten there facts staright first.

      willieman - 2011-06-24 14:39

      It doesn't matter this is crime

      tkotze - 2011-06-24 14:49

      I don't think News24 has any reporters, only editors doing scraping. All the articles I read on News24 I find somewhere else, and always better structured with a better flow + more info.

  • Vicky - 2011-06-24 14:27

    what a bunch of spineless insects - useless rubbish!

      horsehair - 2011-06-24 15:20

      Bloody agent, with that comment... go join Julius in the corner.

      Warren - 2011-06-24 15:45

      @ Bloody Agent: I'll tell you what I do to help. I pay a hell of an amount of tax year in & year out (business & personal) just to see it squandered on freaking child grants to help raise you!!!

      Iran999 - 2011-06-24 15:46

      @ Bloody Agent To help, like everybody els, I sit around and just FART !! Then I go to this web site and complain. Am I not a true South African ?

      PilgrimX - 2011-06-24 15:47

      Funny how Julius came to mind when I read the word "tsotsi"

      Warren - 2011-06-24 16:06

      SO by the way Foolius's BLOODY AGENT: If I wanted to become a cop I would've filled in the application form. And I vote in every election, so pairing that with my overpriced taxes I have every right to whine & complain about the pathetic situation MY country finds itself in!!!

  • GorillaOdi - 2011-06-24 14:28

    I guess that's not a good start to their school holiday!

  • TerraFic - 2011-06-24 14:31

    Unbelievable!!! Bastards!! Same happened to me 2 years ago where they used my car as a shield... horiffic experience, and I'm in my thirties. What the hell must a primary school learner feel like in a situation like that?!

  • Slapper - 2011-06-24 14:35

    Despicable act of Savagery from a pack of Savages.

  • lollie sue - 2011-06-24 14:37

    Cowards, they shuld be caught and hanged

      happygolucky - 2011-06-24 15:19

      @LOODYPOEPHALLAGENT: SHUT UP NOW!!! Go troll elsewhere...with people like you on these forums, im surprised news24 isnt a paid membership to comment, will keep people like you out and the good, in.

      lollie sue - 2011-06-24 15:29

      @BloodyStupidTrash, go to hell, sickos in this forum

      happygolucky - 2011-06-24 15:34

      you see....with tempers flaring up here over very sensitive issues, there is a time and place to make jokes at other people expense. This isnt the place, and if you look up the term "troll", what you doing is the EXACT description. Im sure "the Voice" newspaper would LOVE to have you in their forums. So, happy migrating and growing up

      Espresso - 2011-06-24 16:07

      Bloody Agent, I did try help, I voted DA. Unfortunately the majority in this country seem to think like you and incidents such as this, my friend, are the legacy of the government.

      Tony - 2011-06-24 16:11

      No criminal caught red-handed with a weapon of any sort should be taken into custody. Fire a warning shot into their chest and call the meat wagon.

  • Eric West - 2011-06-24 14:37

    Sounds like yet another BEE compliant gang!

      WarPig - 2011-06-24 14:47


      mboneni.radebe - 2011-06-24 15:09

      Eric you are proving me right that white people like u lack intelligence by making comments that don't even relate to the article.I feel sorry 4 u and ur clonies!

      horsehair - 2011-06-24 15:22

      @ mboneni.radebe -- Well the BEE compliant hospital around the corner killed 5 babies yesterday. Anything else you want to ask about? The BE compliant billing system in JHB... nevermind

      Sting3r - 2011-06-24 15:44

      @mboneni.radebe, you're and idiot.

      Kevin - 2011-06-24 21:55

      Mboneni- What are the chances he is correct 99.9%.

  • Steen - 2011-06-24 14:38

    One thing for sure is the criminals are black.

      lollie sue - 2011-06-24 14:56

      take yr stupid comments somewhere else mnxx

      Justin - 2011-06-24 14:57

      I would take those odds, as you have a 95% chance of being correct.

      Thembisile - 2011-06-24 15:03

      Racism is alive and well in people like you.

      Thembisile - 2011-06-24 15:10

      Yourself, Steve Hofmeyer and Julius Malema must hook up.

      lollie sue - 2011-06-24 15:10

      and i see yr first stupid comment was removed, idiot

      mboneni.radebe - 2011-06-24 15:14

      Steen did u really have to go that route? Well i will not even entertain ur comment coz it's so racist and yet u whites talk about racism being a thing of the past...crime has no colour buddy, so wise-up and stop being a dump-ass!

      Steen - 2011-06-24 15:15

      @Thembisile, I hope when the culprit are identified you will have the balls to say I was correct and by the way I am no white, but just stating the facts.

      Mahoko - 2011-06-24 15:23

      i quote: If you can't debate rationally do not resort to racial tactics that are outdated please.This thing is got nothing to do with race "punk" ...end quote by Willieman. its never ok to resort to race

      Ann - 2011-06-24 15:32

      Not bad odds when you look at the amount of Blacks and the amount of Whites. Considering this I agree with Lollie Sue, your comment is not the brightest one I have heard. It's elementary dear Watson ...

      FaxM8 Fax - 2011-06-24 15:42

      and SAPS members !

      Warren - 2011-06-24 15:49

      Umm everybody... If you follow news 24 you will know that Steen is a black man. This is what happens when you jump to conclusions.

  • Serias - 2011-06-24 14:43

    Country of the APES!!!

  • kingswing69 - 2011-06-24 14:46

    these men have no balls , they are cowards and they deserve the worst death ever ,

  • Badger - 2011-06-24 14:47

    The parents of these kids are immigrating, shortly. AND I don't care if these kids are black, white, brown, green or f@#$%g yellow. The parents are out of this place.

  • Sting3r - 2011-06-24 14:51

    They sound like ex-MK cadre's, who were trained to use humanshields, and then run...too scared to fight...

      Warren - 2011-06-24 15:19

      ... but not to scared to plant a bomb in a mall!!!

  • Daemos1 - 2011-06-24 14:52

    Why did the cops kep shooting when there were kids involved WHY!!??!!

      Riaan - 2011-06-24 15:04

      Because common sense is something that is totally lacking in the police force and in South Africa as a whole, it seems.

      Warren - 2011-06-24 15:29

      Nowhere in the article does it say that. It could be the cop (the article only mentions one off duty cop), the security guards or the scum criminals. It could even be a parent. My money would be on the criminals, after all, they had no problem using the kids as shields.

      BigPig69 - 2011-06-25 09:15

      Yeah right, you were all there and you have all the facts eh..... Easy to point fingers at the cops. Who says the security gaurds did not shoot the kids? Where do you see it was not the suspects? Assumptions is the mother of all.....

  • Sir Charles - 2011-06-24 14:53

    What certain children wouldn't do to get out of writing a test !

      daaivark - 2011-06-24 15:03

      You pompous ass.

      DeonL - 2011-06-24 15:04

      Not so funny. No tests on last day of school anyway.

  • jm21 - 2011-06-24 14:56

    Everytime i think am gonna go to hell, stories like this make me wonder whether there gonna be different levels of hell for us coz theres no way am gonna agree to be stuck with these bastards when all i did was cheat on my galfriend !!

      Jan - 2011-06-24 15:07

      Pappa wag vir jou.... mhuhaha!

  • albert.scherman - 2011-06-24 14:57

    These robbers should be shot. In the head, execution style. They don't deserve ANY rights. I say to hell with the rights of criminals. They don't care about the rights of other people, but demand it when they are caught. These poor girls, they have so much trauma to go through due to some lowlifes.

  • SpecialL - 2011-06-24 14:57

    Now please show mrs Obama what really happens here.

      Wendy - 2011-06-24 15:29

      Mrs Obama = the face of nothing= would not nothing cause she is nothing.

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  • Bokkie 36 - 2011-06-24 15:03

    Is there an emerging pattern here? This is the third incident where schools are involved in a shoot-out between the police and robbers in the northern suburbs!

  • jamesbond - 2011-06-24 15:10

    if this was my daughter there is not enough guns in SA to stop me!!! Those poor kids hope they are ok.

  • Peter - 2011-06-24 15:15

    Bring back the death penalty for this human excrement and lets make use of those nooses hanging in the apartheid museum!

  • Gavin Hardie - 2011-06-24 15:21

    Yes, naughty police. The police should be sent off for some "don't shoot at civilians" training and the robbers should be apprehended and killed.

  • chaka - 2011-06-24 15:24

    In cases like this the government should be held responsible and pay for all there medical bills.

  • Nawe - 2011-06-24 15:27

    Bheki Cele for President, Zuma must Foetsek! the President is too linient on criminals. Just disgusting!

  • Ann - 2011-06-24 15:27

    What cowards to hide behind children. Hope the children will be unscathed in the long run and that these thugs are given their just dessert!

  • Brendon - 2011-06-24 15:39

    This looks like a job for Heratio Cain...CSI...schools out for robbers... Question is how do they escape surely if there is a shoot out the cops would be closeby - or where they too fat to give chase. Terrible how the cops are now blamed but it is due to poor policing in the first place.

  • whitemamba - 2011-06-24 15:44

    Hello Africa, tell me how you doing?

  • John - 2011-06-24 15:55

    We live in a very dangerous country where not even kids are sacred. Shame on us for not protecting our children from these murderous savages.

  • D_rocker - 2011-06-24 16:16

    Trigger happy police and extremely violent criminals...result innocent children are the ones injured... Come on people time to wake up!

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-06-24 16:22

    Proudly South African.....going further south every day.

  • Jannie - 2011-06-24 16:45

    To those suspecting the police of shooting the kids. You were not there, you don't have a clue what the reporter means. The robbers did try to shoot and escape and hide behind the kids. They did not hold the kids in front of them, they tried to escape and shoot and hide behind the kids. "Behind" could mean getting them in between the escape route and the cops while they were shooting at the cops. Lets accept it was the robbers who shot the kids untill we hear the facts.

  • JadedJay - 2011-06-24 16:51

    Welcome to the new South Africa. Don't worry...everything is just as it should be. NOT.

  • Joker - 2011-06-24 16:57

    I always knew these criminals are a bunch of cowards using children as shields

  • Gemini101 - 2011-06-24 18:19

    And the ones with their heads in the sand say ``tis not so bad in SA``

  • shatzi - 2011-06-24 20:34

    Sounds like the old days,They always sent the kids in first with stones then cried at the funerals - What big brave men they are

  • Kevin - 2011-06-24 21:51

    Please do not tell me that these so called men who use children as a shield are human or should not hang. We have the people who took away the death sentence to thank for these kinds of acts.

  • rimmoah - 2011-06-25 00:29

    the cops must have fired into the group of kids and wounded them

  • Gail - 2011-06-25 08:34

    Over 20 cars were parked outside the luxury home in the early hours of Saturday as detectives swarmed the house and carried out bags of evidence. I assume that there were 20 detectives carrying out the investigation of this case?????!!!!!

  • Dries - 2011-06-25 08:57

    eyrie - June 24, 2011 at 15:27 "hiding behind school kids-wow you're such men" They had great mentors, Eyrie - like Mandela the planner and his followers like Robert McBride and others who placed bombs in churches and Wimpy's to kill innocent people. Never had the guts to take on the military, or walk to a farmer and saying to him "Go get your gun and lets fight it out over your farm".

      Brent Kotze - 2011-06-25 09:42

      @Dries What type of an idiot are you? IS there anything about Mandela on the article? We complain about Julius Malema but you are the reaseon he is around with your stupid comments. Your hate and lack of focus when commenting on the furum displays your below average intelect fueled by hate ! ! ! Get over yourself dimwit

  • Wayne - 2011-06-25 11:37

    This is precisely why I do not fear whites being set upon by the indigenous tribes in a possible civil war. They are and ALWAYS have been cowards. Hit and run.

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-07-30 08:13

    This is not the first time this has happened in Parktown. Remember Emily Williams? Shot dead waiting in the car in front of the school. Her family then decided to go back to the UK.

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