Cops in gunfight with Fordsburg robbers

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http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/cops-in-gunfight-with-fordsburg-robbers-1.1580070

Johanensburg - As police minister Nathi Mthethwa prepared to release South Africa’s crime statistics on Thursday morning in Pretoria, an armed robbery was unfolding about 60km away in Joburg.

Five armed men stormed into foreign exchange business Western Union in Fordsburg, holding staff at gunpoint for 15 minutes as they waited for the timer on the safe to open up for them.

They robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of foreign currenc before exchanging heavy fire with the police, leaving bullets scattered all over. They then shot a security guard, pistol-whipped another one and fled.

People from nearby businesses dived for cover as the two groups exchanged fire.

Warrant-Officer Xoli Mbele of the Johannesburg police said the men had arrived at the scene in a white Toyota Hilux and parked it a few metres away from the business.

As the Western Union staff arrived for duty, they were pushed around by the robbers, who used a crowbar to open an inside door. They then demanded that the shaken staffers open the safe for them.

Mbele explained that the safe operates on a 15-minute timer.

During this time the terrified staff were forced to wait with guns held to their faces.

As soon as the safe opened the robbers grabbed the cash, took the computer with the hard drive containing surveillance footage of the shop and quickly left.

A witness in the area meanwhile called the police. Western Union’s security service, Anchor Security, had been alerted to the robbery and had dispatched a vehicle.

As the men were leaving the shop, both the police van and security vehicle pulled up at the scene.

“When a police officer was about to open the door of his van, the men started shooting. He quickly closed the door and returned fire,” he said.

Ashraf Hoosen of the security company said he got caught up in traffic on his way to the scene. He put on his lights and drove on the yellow line all the way to Mayfair.

Just before he arrived, he had to stop at a red traffic light. His colleague then jumped out of the car to rush to the scene.

As Hoosen sat in the car waiting for the lights to turn green, he saw the five robbers rush out of the store. He also saw them pistol-whip his colleague and shoot a security guard stationed nearby in the thigh.

“When I got out of the car they all fired at me. I was about to shoot when I saw a police officer come towards me, who shot at them.”

As the men fled, they dropped one of the bags, which turned out to contain the hard drive with the footage.

A witness at the scene said the men then jumped into a bakkie. As one drove off, the men in the back kept shooting.

Mbele said it was not known whether any of the suspects had been wounded in the shootout.

The investigation into the robbery continues.

The Star
 
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People, obviously South Africa has a major problem regarding crime but why on earth does the news paper not publish ANY description of the suspects? All they say is that they are man? WTF is wrong with you South Africans? Is it safe to assume, the suspects were naked? Ok, we all know it is racist to disclose the ethnic group to which they belong but not to describe them at all is basically aiding the criminals !
 
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People, obviously South Africa has a major problem regarding crime but why on earth does the news paper not publish ANY description of the suspects? All they say is that they are man? WTF is wrong with you South Africans? Is it safe to assume, the suspects were naked? Ok, we all know it is racist to disclose the ethnic group to which they belong but not to describe them at all is basically aiding the criminals !
Pretty sure the police would have collected information from the witnesses. Car information would be more useful.
 

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SAPS has lost control of the law and too many have no respect for the law.
There is almost no way we ever going to reduce crime with this government and the law enforcers including the courts.

Time to take all protection away from criminals and give more protection to those that want to stop crime.
 

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Well, at least the police have the hard drive. Hope it helps in tracking these mofos down!
 

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People, obviously South Africa has a major problem regarding crime but why on earth does the news paper not publish ANY description of the suspects? All they say is that they are man? WTF is wrong with you South Africans? Is it safe to assume, the suspects were naked? Ok, we all know it is racist to disclose the ethnic group to which they belong but not to describe them at all is basically aiding the criminals !
Intel, it is safe to assume that you are south african also?
 

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SAPS has lost control of the law and too many have no respect for the law.
There is almost no way we ever going to reduce crime with this government and the law enforcers including the courts.

Time to take all protection away from criminals and give more protection to those that want to stop crime.
Criminals aren't stupid, they read the news too. They see a corrupt government with a corrupt police force. They see ministers spending 50 grand on take away food, hotels and overseas trips and police committing robberies they think to themselves: "You know what, if government and police can take what they want then we shall follow their example."

Such a dangerous downward spiral we have in SA at the moment we just don't realize how dangerous. Some real and drastic change is need.
 

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Ok, we all know it is racist to disclose the ethnic group to which they belong but not to describe them at all is basically aiding the criminals !
it is racist to disclose their race.
it is sexist to disclose their gender.
it is classist to disclose what they were wearing or driving.
it is xenophobic to disclose their nationality.

so basically your report will be:

"i would like to report a robbery please. the alledged suspects were people."
 

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it is racist to disclose their race.
it is sexist to disclose their gender.
it is classist to disclose what they were wearing or driving.
it is xenophobic to disclose their nationality.

so basically your report will be:

"i would like to report a robbery please. the alledged suspects were people."
Speciest!
 

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Sorry - if you listened to the news about the whole Marikana event you'll find the link.

Basically the cops have deleted data.
But at who's behest? Imho the orders came from high up. Mining corporation puts pressure on the ANC and says: "End it now and do it by any means necessary, then get rid of the evidence. We'll back you up on this one."

I'd put money on that theory.
 
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