A total of 18 suspects were killed during a shootout with police in Limpopo on Friday afternoon.
High-profile police officials are on their way to the crime scene in Makhado in Limpopo.
These officials include General Fannie Masemola, the National Commissioner of the South African Police Services; General Lebeya, the national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (known as the Hawks); and the Deputy National Commissioner of Policing, Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili.
National police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said more details would be made available at a later stage.
It is unclear what crimes the suspects are allegedly linked to.
* This is a developing story, and more details will follow.