After launching a manhunt for suspects linked to the recent robbery at the Kwaagafontein police station near KwaMhlanga, police are still struggling to make arrests.
Heavily armed men allegedly entered the station at about 22:00 on Wednesday, 15 June, and held up officers and other employees at gunpoint. Afterwards, they took an unknown number of police-issued firearms and fled the scene.
Manhunt activation plan elapses
In the immediate aftermath of the robbery, Mpumalanga police commissioner lieutenant-general Semakaleng Daphney Manamela launched a manhunt for the suspects. She committed that police would track down and arrest the suspects within 72 hours of the crime.
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However, police are still scrambling to establish solid leads almost a week after the incident. Manamela had ordered the provincial police to mobilise maximum resources to ensure a successful manhunt for the perpetrators.
She assured the community that the police planned to take down the suspects swiftly. Meanwhile, provincial police spokesperson brigadier Selvy Mohlala confirmed that the police’s manhunt strategy for making arrests had elapsed.
He said law enforcement is working with various role players, including the community, to get ahead in the manhunt. Mohlala also confirmed that police are on the hunt for six suspects
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