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'Rosettenville Armed Robbers Were Well Trained, They Knew How To Use Guns'

'Rosettenville Armed Robbers Were Well Trained, They Knew How To Use Guns'

South Africa’s Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said a group of suspected armed robbers who on Monday exchanged extensive gunfire with police officers in Rosettenville, Gauteng appeared to be well trained and proficient in the use of firearms.

According to South African police, the heavily-armed group comprised South Africans, a Botswana national and Zimbabweans. Said IPID spokesperson Grace Langa:

Our investigators have just left the scene now, they are exhausted. They picked up about a hundred bullets from the scene. They were still picking some this morning.

It really looks very bad. Some of the deceased robbers were found in people’s yards.

Imagine getting to your house and there you found somebody’s body. They were also shooting at police.

Some of the bullets are on the roofs of some of the houses in that area. It is a very big scene that will take quite a lot to complete in investigating.

Langa said they will not judge but the criminals looked well-trained and experienced in the use of firearms. She said:

Even the manner in which they were shooting at the police, it looks like people who are well trained.

The allegation is that the suspect from Botswana who was arrested is a mastermind.

I mean, a person leaves Botswana and comes to commit a crime in South Africa and becomes a mastermind of the crime. It is saddening.

We don’t want to judge. I’m just gonna leave it at that. IPID is doing its job, only to investigate. The rest, we leave it to the courts.

She said IPID had taken the firearms of the police officers who were involved in the gunfight with the suspected criminals. Said Langa:

So far we have got about 50 names of police officers who were involved. We are going to collect their statements as well.

Some of them were really not in a good state. I was there last night when investigators were interviewing them. Some are really traumatised.

Meanwhile, ten of the suspects appeared before the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 23 February.

They face charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of explosives, possession of hijacked vehicles and conspiracy to commit a cash-in-transit heist.

According to The South African, six of the suspects were identified as South African: Sihle Mazibuko, 35, Qaphela, Ngubeni, 33, Menzi Shabalala, 47, Hloniphani Dube, 40, Mike Ngwadi, 47 and Kitso Mnguni, 45.

The remaining suspects are believed to be from Zimbabwe: Alex Matshebele, 40, Phendula Mvubu, 44, Andrew Tshobolo, 67, and Khulekani Nkosi, 36.

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Brigadier Thandi Mbambo said:

The case has been postponed to 3 March 2022 for verification of addresses as well as legality confirmation by identified foreign nationals.

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20 Comments

WaveOfChange 2 months ago

Tribalists and Zanu Pf are the same


dd 2 months ago

all you with tribal issues dai mambotinyarawo ,mashaya ma comments better to be quiet pane kutifungidza zve tribalism how will that help us as a nation ,let's share progressive comments or at least hilarious ones pane kungotukana guys


Bon Jon 2 months ago

The comment section has become a platform or retards to share their backward views . Why all the tribalism . Y'all a biased bunch . If you be taken as a sample of the country's citizenry, it's ugly. Scorning racism yet embracing tribalism . What a pity. Illogical beings . A disgrace to mankind . How do you expect people of different race to accept you as Equals while you can't accept people of your own race because of difference in cultre and language . Imbeciles ,Luv y'all nonetheless


Mark 2 months ago

I wish both you Shonas and Ndebeles can just die screaming because the only thing you're good at is pointing fingers on who did what instead of trying to solve them.
I genuinely don't give a **** about tribal issues on who did what to who but I hate problems which can be solved by logical thinking.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. You want the country to change but yet you still are divided and accuse one another of whatever tribal politics. How the **** are we gonna move forward as nation when this issue of calling whoever the son of a murderer is pushing us back. Be ****ing ashamed of yourselves. Your own kids are just gonna learn from your behaviour and the cycle is never gonna end because your hot-headed stupidity.I feel like the whites should've just have the entire land because you guys are just stupid, stubborn and arrogant with stuff that's wrong.
You all deserve the suffering, poverty, hunger and pain that comes in this country because your lack of unity is just exhausting.🤦😡🙄


Mboko 2 months ago

Whites should what??? emotional beings like tend to be weak sellouts...u now wanna to be re-colonised??? tribalism n racism will never end, embrace it.

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cute 2 months ago

sure these ndebele tribe are ever cursed in their aspects of life because they are so ruthless uncaring cheaters because ngozi dzana tshaka and the curse its a generational they need strong prayers to be delivered.why is that most of the ruthless crimes are from these guys they need shamboks so that they behave like people


Phidza 2 months ago

@coole you are a by product of murderers Ana tshaka sekuru vako vaitoviga vanhu vari vapenyu so hapana chisvinu chamunofunga


Fuza madhingori 2 months ago

67 yah


Unite 2 months ago

Present generation remandebele people are now sociable but kungoti ka mweya kengozi hakaperi that's y tribal hatred haipere on e other side Gukura hindi is non starter n totally unacceptable makadeura ropa rosina mhaka ,,#Do not kill


zed 2 months ago

tshobolo andrew zvautori mukweguri at 67 uchirikungoba chete


2 months ago


Mhazi of Silobela 2 months ago

I was at hunters road. nyaya yakatanga coz of ma **** and then escalated from there it was not planned

Paul piki 2 months ago

Tell them Sekuru Gudo. The Zipras drew first blood. I was at Connemara barracks at that time.l am lucky to be alive. They attacked us for no reason

Sekuru Gudo 2 months ago

NDEBELES ARE A CURSED PEOPLE WHO HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS. THEIR FORE FATHERS COMMITTED ATROCITIES AGAINST THE SHONAS. DON'T BE DEFENSIVE WITH THE TRIBAL PITY CRIES ABOUT GUKURAHUNDI. THE ZIPRA CADRES WERE THE ONES WHO DREW FIRST BLOOD AND ATTACKED SHONAS AT ENTUMBANI BARRACKS. IT WAS A STATEMENT OF WAR AND THEY WERE CRUSHED BY GUDO GURU PERENCE SHIRI. THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD.


Coole 2 months ago

Wena Sekuru Mgodoyi ,U r a product of Hule n Windi .....U the Masvina people are the ones who r cursed,people of no origin ,some of u were from Mozambique n some r the Malawians and no wonder why Muchiroya
Kuroya kwenyu kakabata Zimbabwe
U r a curse tu Zimbabwe
NJANDINI

Barman 2 months ago

Umelwe

Kkkkk 2 months ago

Usugula ingqondo


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