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18 CIT Heist Suspects Killed in Shootout With Police in Makhado

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In a significant operation spanning multiple provinces, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has dealt a devastating blow to a syndicate believed to be responsible for a series of Cash-In-Transit (CIT) heists in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng.

The operation, which unfolded with precision and courage, marks a major milestone in the fight against violent crime in the country.

General Fannie Masemola, the National Commissioner of SAPS, announced the successful operation and praised the dedicated law enforcement teams involved in bringing the syndicate to justice.

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The operation had been meticulously planned, with various SAPS units closely monitoring a group of suspects suspected of planning a CIT heist in Limpopo.

Days of surveillance culminated in a swift and decisive strike at an identified address in Makhado.

However, as police moved in, the suspects opened fire, prompting an exchange of gunfire.

In the intense confrontation, sixteen males and two females lost their lives at the scene.

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This dramatic showdown displayed the determination and commitment of the SAPS in combating violent crime.

A subsequent operation at a second address in Thohoyandou led to the arrest of four additional suspects, further dismantling the criminal syndicate’s network.

Watch: Durban CIT Heist Caught on Camera, One Person Shot Dead

Law enforcement seized ten vehicles, including several high-performance cars, and confiscated seven automatic rifles, effectively neutralizing a significant threat to the safety and security of the nation.

Despite the immediate success of the operation, forensic experts and investigators continue to comb the scenes for crucial evidence and connections to other criminal activities.

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During the intense shootout, a senior police officer attached to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) was injured and is currently receiving medical care in hospital.

General Masemola, accompanied by a delegation of senior police officers, visited the crime scene to commend the officers involved in this operation and reinforce the commitment of the SAPS to tackle serious and violent crimes across the country.

“We continue to heighten police visibility throughout the country. Many thanks to the team who has worked hard to stamp the authority of the state. We wish the injured member a speedy recovery. We do believe this syndicate has been involved in a number of CITs in this province, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng,” stated General Masemola.

Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, the National Head of the DPCI, highlighted the significance of the operation, which was the result of an extensive investigation spanning several months.

“Limpopo and Mpumalanga joined forces in addressing the syndicate that was identified based on several follow-ups that were made by the team. So indeed, we do believe we have the suspects that we have been following. Further investigations will continue to ascertain other crimes that the group may have perpetrated. A speedy recovery to the DPCI Officer,” emphasized Lt Gen Lebeya.

The operation’s success was a collaborative effort, involving the DPCI National Priority Violent Crime Desk, Mpumalanga DPCI Head Office Tactical Operations Management Services, Tactical Response Team, Gauteng Special Task Force, and Gauteng Traffic Police Saturation Unit. It stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of South Africa’s law enforcement agencies in their relentless pursuit of justice and safety for all citizens.

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