Johannesburg - About 10 robbers ambushed a security vehicle travelling on the R21 and shot at the guards allegedly to steal the gold they were transporting.
One guard was shot in the head and the other in the upper body. However, they survived and the robbers did not manage to steal the gold.
The incident happened on Tuesday along the R21 road, Griffiths off-ramp.
According to Constable Justice Ramaube of the Boksburg North police, members of the Pro-security were travelling from Crown mines transporting gold when they were ambushed by suspects who started shooting at them on the highway.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said the two guards sustained critical injuries.
“One of the adult males sustained a gunshot wound to the head and the other male was found with gunshot wound to his upper body,” Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said.
Ramaube said there were about eight to to 10 suspects and about four of them were armed with rifles.
He said on arrival, police found the suspects blocking the road with two VW Golf GTIs and the shootout between the suspects and police ensued.
“The suspect fled the scene with two cars and none of our members were injured during the shootout,” Ramaube said.
The damaged security vehicle was recovered as well as the box containing gold.
Police urged members of the community who might have information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact their nearest police station.