Nelspruit – A 22-year-old man was arrested by members of the South African Police Service’s National Intervention Unit (NIU) for attacking police officials on Sunday morning, February 19, 2023.
According to South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala police were doing their routine patrols when they came across suspects with a bag in their possession.
“As police stopped the two to investigate what was contained in their bag, they chose not to comply but they started running.
” The members gave a chase that is when one of the two men drew a handgun and started shooting at the police. Police responded by firing back and the suspect was shot, fortunately no SAPS member sustained injuries,” Mohlala said.
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The suspect reportedly was unable to produce a firearm license and was arrested for attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
The police summoned an ambulance which took him to the hospital for treatment where he is under police guard.
The male suspect is expected to appear in the Barberton Magistrate’s Court soon.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela condemned the attack on police officials.
“We are mandated by the supreme law of the country, the Constitution of the Republic to serve and protect all inhabitants of the country. We are therefore not supposed to be regarded as enemies or targets by our own community members that we have to serve,” Manamela said.
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin