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Robbery suspect shot dead, five more arrested after syndicate strikes at KZN Sassa paypoint

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DURBAN – A SUSPECT was killed and five others arrested following a robbery at a pension pay point in Ekuvukeni near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday morning.

Sassa spokesperson Sandy Godlwana revealed that the robbery took place around 9am by which time about nine people had received their monies.

“An amount of approximately R450 000 was taken. Police managed to arrest the robbers,” the spokesperson said.

KZN police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said officers rushed to the scene and the suspects fired at them.

“A shoot-out ensued and a suspect believed to be in his forties was fatally wounded. Five other suspects aged between 30 and 45 were placed under arrest. Police recovered three pistols and a variety of ammunition. The vehicle that was used by the suspects was impounded by police for further investigation. An undisclosed amount of cash that was stolen during the robbery was recovered by police,” he said.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi welcomed the swift arrest of the armed robbers.

“The prompt response by Ekuvukeni SAPS is applauded. We hope that these arrests sends a clear message to criminals who intend to take a chance in this province. Our police officers are up to the task and such arrests are taking place regularly in KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

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