Police are doing everything they can to arrest the suspects following the attack on the Kwaggafontein police station. This is the message from Mpumalanga police top cop, lieutenant-general Semakaleng Daphney Manamela.
A group of heavily armed men allegedly stormed the station near KwaMhlanga at about 22:00 on Wednesday night and made a beeline for the weapons cache.
They reportedly fled with several state-issued firearms and ammunition. Since then, Manamela has ordered the provincial police to mobilise maximum resources to ensure they arrest the perpetrators of the attack.
She assured the community that police intend to take down the suspects swiftly. The investigation is ongoing and the police will provide an update on the developments soon.
However, it is not the first time that SAPS has been targeted in their own backyard. On 21 November last year, heavily armed suspects ransacked the Malamulele police station in Limpopo.
They stormed the police station at around 23:00 and held officers at gunpoint. Within minutes, the group had taken firearms and locked the on-duty officers inside a vehicle, according to police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe.
Later, after leaving the station, the suspects allegedly robbed a nearby food outlet and filling station. They robbed the businesses of an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses said they saw the group travelling in a bakkie.
The Kareedouw police station in the Eastern Cape was robbed by a group of four armed men in the early hours of Saturday morning, 4 August 2018.
The raiders forced their way in and allegedly held the officer on duty hostage at gunpoint. They forced him to open the secure storage lockers containing firearms.
Shortly afterwards, the suspectly reportedly made away with two R5 rifles and three 9mm pistols. The gang also made off with police-issued radio equipment.