North West police has instituted the 72-Hour Activation Plan to ensure that all role players are roped in to investigate and trace the perpetrators who attacked an armoured vehicle with explosives and shot police officers. Rustenburg came to a complete shutdown last night as armed robbers and police officers shot at each other. Several streets were closed as police and security guards were on high pursued of suspected robbers.

Five members from Rustenburg Flying Squad and K9 Unit as well as two Fedelity security guards are being treated in hospital for gunshot wounds following a botched cash-in-transit robbery in North West, Rustenburg which left one suspect fatally wounded.

The police officers followed up on information received about a CIT robbery that was to take place in Rustenburg, Geelhoutpark.

In a statement, police said on duty police officers were on high alert while patrolling the area. As they were driving along the Watsonia Road, they came across the active scene of a CIT robbery. The suspects fired shots towards the police vehicles and the members retaliated.

The unknown number of suspects got into their getaway vehicles and fled the scene. The police gave chase until Tlhabane Shopping Centre where another shootout ensued, resulting in five members sustaining gunshot wounds while one suspect was fatally wounded.

At the scene of the robbery, two security guards were also injured during the shootout. All the injured have been taken to hospital for medical attention.

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has commended the members’ bravery and he has also with them, as well as the injured security guards, a speedy recovery.

We are appealing to anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects to call Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or to send tip-offs on MySAPS App.