2007-11-07: Three bystanders injured during heist: Police

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2007-11-07: Three bystanders injured during heist: Police

Postby Rudi » Fri, 2007-11-09 21:46

Three bystanders injured during heist: Police


DURBAN – Police on Wednesday said that three woman bystanders were also
wounded during a cash heist on the KwaZulu Natal south coast on Tuesday.
Police spokeswoman Superintendent Zandra Hechter said the injuries were
reported late on Tuesday. The three woman -- Misiwe Radebe, Mesi Shange and
Gabisile Hadebe -- were collecting their pension payouts in the resort town
of Hibberdene when they were struck by bullets. Radebe was hit in the ankle,
Shange in the hand, and Hadebe was hit in the groin. They are recovering at
CJ Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh. The dramatic scene unfolded after 9am on
Tuesday at the pension pay-point and ended with a high speed car chase in
Port Shepstone. Two robbers and two security guards were shot dead. Hechter
said a third robber, a policeman and a police dog were also wounded but
survived. “A pension pay-out was taking place when occupants from a double
cab jumped out and opened fire,” said Hechter. Two security guards --
Bhekinkosi Eric Dudeni and Linda Willard Blose --were shot as the gang
members seized a “substantial” amount of cash. One of the security guards
died at the scene and a second succumbed to his wounds at a nearby clinic
where attempts were being made to stabilise him. The gang members then fled
in the double cab bakkie before jumping into a VW Combi on the N2 toll road.
The double cab bakkie was left abandoned on the R620. Within minutes, police
from Margate, Port Shepstone, Umkomaas, South Port and Hibberdene were
alerted and a high-speed chase along Umtentweni Road followed. The robbers
opened fire on an approaching police car belonging to the dog unit. The car
was hit with fire from AK47 assault rifles and 9mm guns, injuring a
policeman and his dog. When police punctured the Combi tyres with bullets,
the robbers fled down an embankment onto the R102 where they attempted to
hijack a passing motorist in her Mercedes-Benz, but had no luck opening the
door. “Police began a foot chase and when the robbers saw them they fled
away from the Mercedes and ran onto the Umtentweni beach,” Hechter said. Two
robbers were shot and killed on the beach while a third was wounded. A
fourth robber was arrested at a nearby golf course and a fifth man was
nabbed near the beach. The stolen money was found in his possession. After
3:30pm, police caught another four robbers. Police recovered “a number of
AK47 rifles and pistols”. It was not known how much money was stolen by the
robbers or recovered by the police. The six arrested robbers are expected to
face charges of armed robbery, attempted murder and murder. – Sapa.

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