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Two suspects who were shot dead during an armed robbery at the Gateway shopping centre on Friday, were working for the cash transporting company that they tried to rob.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said the men had been identified as Patrick Thulani Skhosana, 30, and Cyril Nhlanhla Ngcobo, 30 – both employees of SBV Services.
Mike Shipton, SBV executive head of cash in transit, confirmed both suspects had been employed by the company.
He said the two SBV security guards who came under attack during the robbery and sustained injuries were recovering at home. The identities of the victims were being withheld for their safety, he added.
Shipton said closed circuit television footage showed a four-man SBV team had been dispatched to Gateway to replenish cash at ATMs in a banking hall on the ground level of the centre.
He said the two suspects, armed with hammers and wearing masks, were lying in wait in a cubicle near the ATMs.
“When the security guard with the money bags walked towards the ATM, he came under attack. He managed to call for back-up and a second security guard went to his defence,” Shipton said.
“He opened fire on the suspects, fatally wounding both of them.
“During the shoot-out, the security guard with the money was accidentally shot in the leg.”
He said both injured guards were treated in hospital and discharged within 24 hours.
The other two SBV guards were not part of the shoot-out, he said.
Shipton said the footage showed only two suspects during the robbery.
He said the guards were not carrying a large amount of money.
Investigations were continuing, he said.