- The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has launched an investigation into a shootout between police and hijacking suspects
- The investigation has revealed that three of the hijackers are from Mozambique, including one of the deceased
- This is not an isolated incident, as the investigation has found that the individuals may be linked to other hijacking cases in the province
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JOHANNESBURG - An investigation has been launched by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) into a shootout between a police team and hijacking suspects in Gauteng on 8 December.
The police team interrupted themen and as they approached the thugs opened fire on police. There was an exchange of bullets that left some of the suspects fatally injured.
So far the IPID has confirmed that three of the men are Mozambican, including one of the deceased. Two of the Mozambicans are between the ages of 30 and 35 and are cousins.
What the IPID knows so far and future plans for the investigation
Besides the one Mozambicanman, two more (whose identities and nationalities are unknown) also died in the shootout. The IPID plan to have concluded their postmortems by the end of today (10 December).
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The South African Police Service (SAPS) released a press statement after the shootout in which they stated that they have reason to believe that the men could be party to 18 other cases of hijacking in the Gauteng province.
In their previous alleged hijacking commissions, the hijackers reportedly used a Toyota Corolla, but in this incident, they used a Golf GTI. The suspects are accused of hijacking VW Polos.
South Africa reacts to IPID investigation into the police shootout
"Fellow South Africans. IPID must make sure that indeed SAPS were doing their job here. Allow it to investigate themselves and make sure that there are no underlying motives behind."
"This IPID is becoming a disgrace."
"IPID must be disbanded if this is how they will waste our resources."
"IPID must not waste our tax money investigating nonsense. Please."
"Looks like IPID has unlimited funds. Whenever the police do their job, the IPID is there to investigate without fail - unlimited resources, it seems."
Police shootout in Gauteng leaves 3 suspects dead and 2 in custody, court date to follow
Yesterday, Briefly News reported that on 8 December, there was a shootout between hijackers and an integrated police team.
The police team was headed by members of the Hawks' Tactical Operation Management and the team was searching for hijackers known for going after Volkswagen Polos.
The search was aided by Tracker Connect, SAPS Highway Patrol, ICB Insurance Crime Bureau, Badboyz Security in Roodepoort and Gauteng Crime Intelligence.
Source: Briefly News