The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), Lieutenant General Franscinah Vuma has directed the Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe to implement the 72-hour activation plan following an attack on the Malamulele police station on Sunday evening.

At about 23:00 a group of armed suspects stormed the Malamulele police station and held members at gunpoint in the Community Service Centre (CSC).

Some members were forced into the back of a police van while one member was ordered to unlock the safe where the suspects took R5 rifles, 9mm pistols, shotguns and an undisclosed number of ammunitions.

Following the attack on the police station, the group proceeded to a local food outlet and filling station in the vicinity where they robbed the businesses off an undisclosed amount of cash.

All role players including a multidisciplinary team consisting of crime scene experts and specialised units within the SAPS are combing the scene and are in pursuit of the heavily armed men.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe and her management team visited the crime scene and have implemented the 72-hour activation plan.

Services at the police station were temporarily affected during the armed robbery. The SAPS have also confirmed that the police station is now fully functional and accessible to members of the public.