Mpumalanga police launch manhunt after five gunmen shot and robbed security guards

NELSPRUIT - A security guard was shot on the face when five armed robbers cornered him after collecting money from the filling station at Garelane in Bushbuckridge this afternoon Friday 26 August 2020.

According to information, the guard entered the Kiosk alone whilst the driver was waiting for him outside shortly before 14:00. Whilst collecting money, five suspects entered the premises, one followed him in the Kiosk pretending to be a customer. When he was about to exit the Kiosk with the money trunk, the suspect who was inside shot him once on his right hand side of the face next to his eye.

The suspect then grabbed the money trunk with an undisclosed cash. He was joined by the other four suspects and ran to the road towards Shatale where they disappeared.

The victim was immediately transported to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

Police have since launched an investigation and appeal to anyone who might assist to contact the investigating officer Captain Evans Mashego on 082 319 9732 or Crime stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can send information via MySAPS App. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela condemned the attack on security personnel and wish to bring the suspects to book.

Source: South African Police Service