Police officer nabbed with accomplices after robbery

DURBAN – The complainant alleged that on 9 February 2022 at 18:45, he was walking from work to his home with his uncle on the M19, Blair Athol Road near a service station when a vehicle with four men stopped next to them.

The front passenger asked for directions to Reservoir Hills, while he was busy giving directions, a passenger that was seated at the back alighted with a firearm on his hand. At gunpoint he demanded money and cellphones. The victims were pickpocketed and they were robbed of their cellphones and cash. The victims saw a police van from the K9 Unit that was nearby and alerted the police officers. Police immediately responded and chased the suspects.

The vehicle was intercepted and a search was conducted. The cash and two cellphones were found under the seat of the vehicle. The firearm used was also found with 15 rounds of ammunition. Four suspects were placed under arrest for robbery. Among the arrested suspects was a police officer stationed at Malvern SAPS. The suspects are expected to appear before the Pinetown Magistrates Court tomorrow.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi congratulated members of the K9 Unit for their swift response. “We are pleased that these thugs are behind bars and that we have been able to weed out a rotten member of the SAPS who has no place in our noble profession,” he said.

Source: South African Police Service

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