DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal South African Police Service (SAPS) commissioner Lt-Gen Khombinkosi Jula has commended police officers in Phoenix in Durban for arresting five men who were involved in an armed robbery at a business premises.
“Our reaction times to these crimes is very important and we appreciate the fact that most victims of crime contact police immediately, which enables us to close off escape routes swiftly. We need to send a clear message to criminals that citizens will not take these crimes lying down and are working with police to bring them down," he said.
Five suspects, between the ages of 17 and 24, were arrested on October 10 following a business robbery that took place at a business premises in Phoenix, provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said.
It was alleged that employees were at a supermarket in Phoenix when five men entered the premises at about 12.20pm.
"At gunpoint, the suspects demanded cash and cigarettes from employees. They robbed employees of an undisclosed amount of cash, cellphones, cigarettes, airtime vouchers, as well as an airtime machine. One of the employees was assaulted by the suspects with the butt of a firearm. Following the robbery, the suspects fled the scene in their getaway vehicle."