Police arrested five suspects at their hideouts in Rebecca View an informal settlement in Garankuwa north of Tshwane on Friday 13 May 2022.
The suspects were linked to ATM bombings. The five suspects aged 29, 31, 34, 49, and 70 are facing charges of business robbery, possession of explosives, and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Some residents who were on the scene, but who were scared to mention, said they were happy that finally, the thugs will be in a place where they deserve to be. The residents allege that the suspects are using muthi to commit these crimes and after they saw red wool that looked like muthi which they wear as belts for protection.
"We want all the thugs to be cleaned out of our Kasi because we are living in fear ourselves.“
Stealing and killing are serious crimes they must go to jail and never come back," said a resident.
The residents said that they will continue working with law enforcement agencies to end crime in their Kasi. Gauteng Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said this morning police arrested five suspects a few hours after an ATM was bombed in Carousel View in Tshwane.
He said the suspects were found in possession of explosives and stained cash suspected to be taken from the bombed ATM." Members of crime intelligence have been following up on information about suspects responsible for ATM bombings in Tshwane," he said.
Masondo said that at around 01:30 on Friday 13 May, police were notified about an ATM that had just been bombed and a fuel station robbed in Carousel View, several units of the South Africa African Police Service were activated and led to a safe house in Garankuwa.
"As the police were approaching, suspects started firing shots and a shootout ensued.“Four suspects were arrested at the safe house while more than three other suspects fled on foot. Police followed on those who escaped and arrested the fifth suspect, where one firearm was recovered.“Explosives and stained cash suspected to be taken at a bombed ATM were recovered at a safe house," he said.
Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has lauded the members who responded swiftly in the early hours of the morning and arrested suspects a few hours after the crime was committed."This is a breakthrough for us as we had several ATM bombings in the past three months, especially in Tshwane. We believe these are the suspects responsible. Profiling will be conducted to link them to other ATM bombings," said Mawela.
Masondo said the suspects are facing charges of business robbery, possession of explosives, possession of suspected stolen property, attempted murder, and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.