Police at Ematsheni received a report of an armed robbery at B Location, Ematsheni on 21 December 2014 just after midnight. A soft drink delivery truck was travelling through the area when they were stopped by a group of people. The occupants of the truck were threatened with a firearm and one of them was injured when he was assaulted with a bottle. The suspects stole several cases of soft drinks from the truck. Police immediately began their investigation which led them to homes in the surrounding area.
By 10:00 that same morning they had rounded up and have arrested eight people, recovered a large quantity of the stolen cold drinks and three cell phones. A licensed firearm was also seized which is suspected to have been used in the robbery. The suspects aged, 19-35, are set to appear in the Bergville Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 23 December 2014, on charges of armed robbery.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded police for the swift response which led to the arrest of the suspects. “We will not tolerate people who are looting goods from trucks especially during this festive season. We are warning criminals that police are out in numbers and we will make sure that they are brought to book,” she said.