An Empangeni policeman was shot in the leg during a shootout with five suspected house robbers who were later found with an illegal network jammer.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said that on Tuesday, police officers from the Empangeni Task Team received information of suspects involved in a house robbery at Esikhaleni, northern KwaZulu-Natal.
“The police officers spotted the vehicle used by the suspects at Nseleni in Empangeni and began to tail the vehicle. The suspects spotted the police officers and opened fire on them,” he said.
Naicker said one of the policeman was shot on his leg.
“Two suspects were arrested at the scene whilst their partners in crime escaped during the shootout. The vehicle that was used by the suspects, which was at stolen from Esikhaleni during the house robbery, was recovered at the scene.”
On Tuesday night, said Naicker, a follow up operation was conducted at Ndaya in Esikhaleni to arrest the outstanding suspects.
“The suspects once again opened fire at police officers as police approached their hideout and a shootout ensued.
“Three suspects were arrested whilst an accomplice managed to flee during the gun battle,” he said.
Naicker said police recovered a pistol, a network jammer and four big screen TV’s at the scene. He said the five suspects will remain in custody pending their appearance at the Empangeni Magistrates Court.
They face charges of armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, unlawful possession of a network jammer as well as charges in terms of the Immigration Act.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Thulani Gonya welcomed the arrests of the armed robbers. “We are relieved that our police officer is doing well and will make a quick recovery. I am pleased that these notorious criminals are behind bars and will have their day in court,” he said.