Armed robbers shot a policeman during a robbery of a SASSA pay-point on Wednesday. Photo: Envato Elements

Armed robbers ‘storm’ business premises in Durban

Paramedics attended the scene of the crime where a gang of armed robbers assaulted a man on the business premises.


Armed robbers shot a policeman during a robbery of a SASSA pay-point on Wednesday. Photo: Envato Elements

A man has been injured during an armed robbery at a business premises in the Overport area Durban.

Emer-G-Med paramedics spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said a gang of armed robbers had stormed a business premises in Crescent Street where they then proceeded to assault the man. 

Van Reenen said that the man had sustained “moderate injuries” during the attack.

“Emer-G-Med paramedics were called to the scene to find a male employee with injuries to his face and body. He was treated and stabilised at the the scene by emergency care practitioners, before being taken to a nearby hospital for further care,’ Van Reenen said.

Van Reenen said that reports from the scene had indicated that a gang of several armed suspects had stormed the business premises.

“Reports from the scene allege a number of armed suspects stormed the business, confronting the employees before assaulting the man,” Van Reenen said. 

“The South African Police Services were in attendance and will be conducting the necessary investigations accordingly,” he added.

It is unclear at this stage whether the armed suspects fled the scene with any valuables. 

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Wednesday that it had withdrawn the case against Bishop Israel Makamu following a consultation session with the complainant and subsequent filing of a withdrawal statement by the complainant. 

Makamu was released on R2000 bail after making a brief appearance on a charge of sexual assault at the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court on May 26, 2021.

“A former employee of his church laid a complaint with the Brackendowns South African Police Service (SAPS) on 19 May 2021, following an incident that allegedly happened in his church office in Alrode, during September 2018,” NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said.

“After careful consideration of all evidence and the mediation process between the complainant and Makamu, the NPA is convinced that the interest of justice dictates that prosecution no longer be pursued.”