WRAP | Cops find AK-47s, R4 assault rifles and explosives at scene of Rosettenville shooting - Cele

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21 February 19:49

Some of the weapons used in Monday's shooting. (Supplied)
Some of the weapons used in Monday's shooting. (Supplied)

21 February 19:49

Some of the weapons used in Monday's shooting. (Supplied)
Some of the weapons used in Monday's shooting. (Supplied)

21 February 19:38

The gang was made up of about 25 gunmen from KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe and Botswana, Cele said.

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:35

Mawela said officers also discovered a firearm on the freeway after the suspected robbers threw it out of the window when they were chased by SAPS. 

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:32

Cele said they recovered five "top cars" from the scene that were hijacked or stolen.

"One just wishes that there is no owner that was killed in that process."

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:26

Cele confirmed that four police officers were shot and wounded, including the two officers that were airlifted to hospital. 

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:25

Cele said majority of firearms recovered were AK-47s with double magazines and R4s.

Cele said they also discovered explosives and petrol at the scene. 

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:23

Mawela said the group were planning a cash-in-transit heist but were intercepted by a highly trained SAPS team.

"There was money which they were observing and they were going to hit it, but our members said prevention is better than cure."

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:21

About four police officers were injured, says Cele. He says he thinks they "will be fine".

21 February 19:21

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said SAPS were monitoring the movements of the group since last week.

“Last week they didn’t commit their crime, so today they decided to commit their crime [but] our teams were just behind them and when they realised that here are the police, they were rushing to their safe house. “That is when our team, highly trained have dealt with them.”

Mawela said multiple firearms were found at the safe house.

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:20

Cele says the suspects shot and injured a pilot in a helicopter, before "anybody did anything to them".

AK-47's were most of the weapons used in today's shootout. 

21 February 19:18

Mawela says the suspects were going to commit a cash-in-transit heist.

21 February 19:18

The vehicles recovered are hijacked vehicles and high powered vehicles, Mawela said.

21 February 19:17

This group has been monitored by police since last week. They abandoned their plans last week, says provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela.

It is confirmed that they are real, hardcore criminals.

21 February 19:16

“We are working with heartless people who are prepared to kill us,” Cele said.

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:15

Police Minister Bheki Cele confirms that eight suspects were shot and killed during the shooting in Rosettenville.

Cele said eight others were arrested. 

- Iavan Pijoos

21 February 19:01

The same eyewitness who spoke to News24 earlier says some of the gunmen hid behind her bakkie during the shootout.

"I took my son, threw him under his bed. A few minutes later, I heard people running in my yard.

"They were all armed with machine guns. Some hid behind my bakkie. They later jumped over my wall followed by bullets from the police," the visibly traumatised woman said.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:58

The media contingent is waiting for Cele to address them.

For now, he has gone into what is believed to be a safe house the gunmen were using.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:57

A witness who spoke to News24 says she "thought they were shooting a war movie".

"Sh*t those bullets sounded like it was two countries fighting over territory. Bullets were coming from all directions. Some came from the chopper, officers on the ground and in cars.

"Those criminals were heavily armed. They were ready for war," she recounted.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:49

A BMW that has been shot at. There are two male bodies inside the car. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)
A BMW that has been shot at. There are two male bodies inside the car. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)

21 February 18:47

A bullet that hit a neighbour's gate. The house is near the safe house where everything started. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)

<p>A bullet that hit a neighbour's gate. The house is near the safe house where everything started. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)</p><p></p>

21 February 18:42

An eyewitness told News24 that they first thought the sounds they heard was fireworks. 

"We were lying on the floor. My car is damaged. Two bullets hit my gate. It was around 15:30. A helicopter was also firing from the air.

"They tried escaping through my yard. I heard that there were killed next door."

The witness said they were not clear with how many were killed. 

"For the last 22 years in my area, I have never seen anything like this. A police officer said the suspects were wanted for a number of CIT in Gauteng."

-Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:39

(Jeff Wicks, News24)
(Jeff Wicks, News24)

21 February 18:38

Several sources at the scene of the shooting have told News24 that as many as 9 people have been killed.

- Sheldon Morais

21 February 18:38

Police Minister Bheki Cele (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)
Police Minister Bheki Cele (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)

21 February 18:36

Police Minister Bheki Cele has arrived at the scene.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:34

Police Minister Bheki Cele's spokesperson confirms he is heading to the scene of the shooting in southern Johannesburg.

21 February 18:30

"It was a hectic scene, saw them shooting at the police. Those guys were armed."

"They used machine guns and pistols to shoot at the police. The police were brave and managed to kill some of them," an eyewitness said.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:29

It is alleged that the deadly shootout took place at a safe house where the suspects were cornered.

A police helicopter was used during the gun battle.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:28

A number of streets near and around the South Rand Hospital have been cordoned off.

People suspected to be criminals that were involved in the shootout have been fatally wounded.

The number of deceased and injured persons is yet to be confirmed.

- Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:23

News24 saw three bodies at the scene. The bodies were motionless on the ground

- Jeff Wicks

21 February 18:16

More gunshots went off near the South Rand Hospital around 18:00 as Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela and top brass leadership got to the scene minutes ago.

It is believed that police officials have been clearing the area of suspects.

At the scene, News24 observed two armed men lying inside a white BMW SUV.

It is unclear if they are still alive.

In between the men, was an assault rifle.

The car is presently outside St Martin School near South Rand Hospital.

Spent cartridges of pistols and assault rifles were strewn along Friars Hill Road and Gotthard Street. Streets and roads were also littered with spent cartridges.

News24 journalists on scene heard gunfire as police leadership descended on the area.

-Ntwaagae Seleka

21 February 18:15

Two Netcare911 helicopters were dispatched near the South Rand Hospital in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon amid a chaotic shooting incident.

"Two helicopters were activated for two patients with gunshot wounds [near] the South Rand hospital to be airlifted to Union hospital," Netcare911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst told News24 on Monday.

Herbst told News24 that their helicopters are orbiting the scene and are awaiting clearance to land as the scene is still active.

News24 understands that a shooting is currently active a block away from the South Rand Hospital where three police officials were allegedly shot and injured.

One of the officers was apparently shot in the chest. A hostage was also allegedly taken but later released.  

Witnesses spoke of heavy gunfire akin to a warzone.

Sources on the ground said that a police helicopter was chasing suspects who fired on them.

They said the helicopter crew was wounded.

The circumstances and motive behind the shooting is not yet known.

21 February 18:15

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