It started with a cash-in-transit robbery in Macassar and ended in the streets of Stellenbosch after a 20-kilometre car chase.
A video circulated on social media showing three men with assault rifles holding up a cash-in-transit van at a Macassar shopping mall on the doorstep of the police station, around midday last Thursday.
After wounding a security guard, and hijacking two cars, the cash-in-transit robbers sped to Stellenbosch with police and security personnel in hot pursuit with bullets being fired from all the vehicles.
In Stellenbosch, the robbers hijacked a white Volkswagen Caddy in Dorp Street, one of South Africa’s oldest thoroughfares, and then continued their flight across the town.
Beyond Kayamandi, outside the centre of town, the desperate robbers ran into a police roadblock, forcing them to drive into the hillside township.
With a police chopper hovering overhead and officers blocking roads, the trapped robbers abandoned their vehicles and made a dash for it.
The helicopter located the get-away car and three suspects were arrested at a taxi-rank.
Sergeant Clint Skippers was wounded and received a visit in hospital from Police Minister Bheki Cele and acting Western Cape Provincial Commissioner Major General Patekile on Monday.
A security officer praised the action of the SAPS units, the local police and security companies.
“I can honestly say that the military could not have done better,” he said.
The three suspects are in custody and have appeared in court on charges of attempted robbery and attempted murder. Their bail applications will be heard on May 13 and 14.
Video source: @SISONKE_MD