Ten of the suspected gang of robbers intercepted and arrested earlier this week while allegedly plotting a cash-in-transit heist in Moffatview, south of Johannesburg appeared in court on Wednesday.
National Prosecution Authority, Gauteng Local Division Regional Spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed ten suspects appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s court, facing multiple charges ranging from conspiracy to commit robbery with aggravating circumstances.
The suspects were all remanded into custody until March 3, 2022, to secure legal representation and for the state to verify their citizenship.
Mjonondwane said other chargers include eight counts of murder, ten counts of possession of hijacked vehicles, attempted murder, possession of explosives, nine counts of possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition.
She said the gang was intercepted while planning a conspiracy to commit cash-in-transit heist by multidisciplinary operation comprising various law enforcement agencies.
According to Mjonondwane a shoot-out ensued between law enforcement authorities and gang members.
A shootout between police and alleged robbers resulted in the deaths of eight people, including a civilian.
Mjonondwane said the eleventh suspect had been arrested in Thembisa, East of Johannesburg on Wednesday night, adding that 6 robbers were still on the run.
Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela said his greatest concern is the presence of a police uniformed police at the scene.
He said this confirms that there are still corrupt police officers in the service.
Several high-powered rifles including AK47s were also found on the scene.