Shoot-out after foiled pension robbery

2012-01-20 22:30

Johannesburg - Two men were arrested following an attempted robbery of a pension pay-out point in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

On Friday morning, pension money was being dispensed at Bhekemehlweni Hall when five men arrived and shot at security guards, Colonel Jay Naicker said in a statement.

"The security guards returned fire and the robbers fled empty handed. Two security guards as well as a community member were wounded during the shoot-out."

Eshowe police tracked down and arrested two men and recovered the getaway vehicle.

"Three other suspects fled on foot and we are confident that they will be arrested soon."

Two men, aged 24 and 46, were charged with attempted robbery and attempted murder and would appear in the Eshowe Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • Odicito - 2012-01-21 06:45

    Nutheads who would rather plot to steal from the aged than plot to GET A JOB.

  • Malose - 2012-01-21 08:24

    use a thief to catch a thief

  • delahvonne - 2012-01-21 08:48

    Why can't it be compulsory to have a bank account in order to receive a pension?? That will remove the danger of having large sums of cash concentrated in an unsecure environment. It is surely a requirement to have an ID document so why not a bank account as well. We are in 2011 not 1911.

      Morakane - 2012-01-21 10:02

      It would also save the elderly miles of walking to the place and back, and risking being potentially mugged on the way home. Goverenment fails to see the needs of its people. SMH

      Neeus - 2012-01-21 10:06

      Because the rural people, living in the middle of nowhere, do not have access to Atm's in the same way we do and are then susceptible to loan sharks, check cashers, cost of transport to banks and the worse thieves of all THE BANKS and their charges.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 11:23

      Well were are so loose handed with money in this country....why not supply every old person with a laptop as well, so they can do internet transfers and internet shopping. It will keep them out of danger and it will mean less money for the various departments to spend without anything to show for it. Dis so 'n lekker partie hierdie ek druk sommer my stert in die jampot...

  • Bert - 2012-01-22 21:12

    KZN zero tolerance? apprehended two, shoot one, the other would soon give up the names of the other three. Fight terror with terror. Make these criminals realize every time they go out on a job, there is a good chance, if caught, it's a one way ticket to the bone yard!

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