Police launched a manhunt for seven cash in transit (CIT) robbery suspects who fled into farmlands in Blythedale on the KZN North Coast after they shot and injured a security guard and a bystander in KwaDukuza on Monday.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said police were investigating the shooting. She said a case of case of cash in transit (CIT) robbery had been opened after the gang of seven suspects opened fire when they robbed a cash van at around 11am.

“It is alleged that today at 11:00 the security guards went to collect cash at a wholesale on Mahatma Ghandi Street in KwaDukuza. While he was approaching a cash in transit vehicle with cash, he was attacked by a group of armed suspects who fired shots,” Mbele said.

“A security guard was injured as well as the bystander. The suspects took a box containing cash and fled the scene in their getaway vehicles. Two vehicles were later found abandoned at Bythedale,” Mbele said.

Reports on social media indicated that the SAPS K9 had been called to the scene to search for the seven suspects who had fled into the sugarcane farmlands where they had abandoned two of their getaway vehicles. It was suspected that one of the shooting suspects may be injured as blood was found at the scene where the cars, a BMW and a Mercedes, had been abandoned.

Mbele said police established that both vehicles used during the shooting had been stolen in Sydenham during July and September this year. 

“The docket will be transferred to the Hawks for further investigation,” Mbele said.

IPSS paramedics posted on Facebook that its team of paramedics had responded to the scene of the shooting. 

“A short while ago, IPSS Medical Rescue responded to reports of a shooting in Stanger. On arrival of advanced life support paramedics, it was ascertained that a cash-in-transit van had been doing a collection when two vehicles arrived and proceeded to attempt to hold the cash van up,” IPSS said.

“Multiple shots were fired and two civilians sustained gunshot wounds. The two critical patients were stabilised on scene before being transported to a medical facility, for further care,” IPSS said.

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