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Centurion Mall robbery: Civilian defends shoppers, opens fire on suspect

On Saturday 8 August at around 11:30, four suspects attempted to rob a jewellery store in the Centurion Mall.

Centurion mall

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A robbery at Centurion Mall in Gauteng made headlines on Saturday 8 August. According to Tshwane District Lyttelton South African Police Service (SAPS), four suspects entered a jewellery shop with an intention to rob it and its customers of their belongings. 


Today at approximately 11:30, four suspects attempted to rob a jewellery store at the Centurion Mall. Little did they know that a shopper inside the store had a weapon of his own and wasn’t afraid to use it.   

During the robbery attempt, the brave civilian in the store was able to defend the lives of the other shoppers in the store by making use of his firearm. He took his gun out and fired toward the suspects, injuring one of them. The other three fled the scene.

“During this action, one of the suspects was injured, and the other three suspects fled the scene,” said Lyttelton South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Dave Miller. 

“No other persons were injured during the incident, the suspect was treated on scene by paramedics and transported to hospital under police guard,” he added. 

Police said they are currently following up on all information available to them in order to trace and arrest the outstanding suspects that fled the scene.

“We would like to thank all the role players that responded to the incident,” added Miller. 


On the flip side of the coin, a total of 12 South African Police Service (SAPS) members, aged between 30 and 51, have been arrested for alleged corruption at the OR Tambo International Airport. 

Following a lengthy three-year investigation, the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation and Crime Intelligence. The arrested officers consist of two warrant officers, six sergeants and four constables.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale, roughly R1 million in cash was seized from the home of one of the suspects. The officers face several charges ranging from theft, dealing in drugs, defeating the ends of justice and racketeering.

“These suspects are reported to have involved themselves in the stealing of drugs at OR Tambo International Airport during the confiscation from identified drug mules. So far a total of 20 corruption case dockets have been registered,” said Mogale.

The police officers are expected to appear in the Kempton Park Regional Court on Tuesday 11 August.