- Five suspects allegedly committed an armed robbery in Cato Ridge and fled to uMbumbulu, where they held a family hostage
- The Special Task Force and South African Police Force were called to the scene where they negotiated to rescue the family
- Law enforcement officials were successful in not only getting the family released, but arresting two of the suspects
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DURBAN - Earlier today (1 February) a group of five alleged robbers fled from the scene of a robbery at Cato Ridge to uMbumbulu, KwaZulu-Natal, where they gained access to a nearby house and held a family hostage.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) was called to the scene, and a hostage negotiator from the Special Task Force, who confirmed that the suspects were armed. The family who was being held hostage consists of a grandmother and two of her grandchildren.
Brigadier Jay Naicker, a SAPS spokesperson in KZN, told Briefly News that at this point, a lengthy stand-off ensued between law enforcement officials and the suspects. Finally, however, the hostage negotiator could convince those who were armed to hand over their firearms.
SAPS and Special Task Force save the day
SAPS arrested one of the suspects before they fled from the robbery, but others split up from the group in the process of fleeing the scene, SABC News reports.
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According to eNCA, SAPS and the Special Task Force rescued the family from the house where they were being held hostage and arrested two suspects on the scene.
Naicker told Briefly News that the other three suspects escaped from SAPS, who are still trying to find and arrest them with the assistance of their K9 unit.
Reactions to hostage situation in KZN
"This country is losing the fight against crime, too many illegal guns."
"Hopeful the hostages are all okay."
"Thank you, what a relief that they have been freed!"
SAPS nabs 10 people for Malamulele police station robbery, suspects committed crimes in 4 Limpopo districts
Speaking of crime, Briefly News previously reported that the South African Police Service in the village of Malamulele in Limpopo province has finally made progress after the gang of robbers stole firearms and petty cash in November 2021.
Ten people are now in police custody for allegedly carrying out the robbery. They are believed to have been involved in other crimes that took place in various districts across Limpopo.
They carried out crimes in the Vhembe, Mopani, Capricorn and Sekhukhune districts. In total, 100 cases have been opened against the gang, says Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, the Limpopo province police commissioner.
Source: Briefly News