One suspect sustained injuries during the shootout with Police during a robbery at Mall@Lebo in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo on Wednesday. The incident occurred at about 07:30.

According to preliminary reports, Police responded to a call of an armed robbery in progress at a local cash loan facility. Upon arrival, officers were met with gunfire from the suspects.

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A courageous and tactical response by the officers ensured that no civilians were harmed during the exchange of fire.

One of the suspects used a firearm to break into the ceiling where they hid in the wall units. The National Intervention Unit and Limpopo TRT unit were activated and initiated a building penetration in the roof and the two suspects were apprehended. Two firearms were seized during the arrest. One suspect sustained injuries during the shoot-out and was taken to hospital under police guard for medical attention.

Police in a shoot-out with robbers at Mall@Lebo in Lebowakgomo
Mall@Lebo in Lebowakgomo


Both suspects are currently in custody and face charges of armed robbery, seven counts of attempted murder, six counts of malicious damage to property and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the swift action of SAPS members. She praised the bravery and professionalism of the officers involved in the operation.

“Our members’ dedication to protecting our communities is commendable. Their quick and decisive action not only prevented potential harm to innocent civilians but also led to the arrest of two dangerous criminals,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

The suspects aged 27 and 36 expected to appear before Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court in due course. They will face the aforementioned charges.