The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended a policewoman in Ladysmith for “being brave when facing ruthless criminals head on.”

“We will not rest until the remaining culprits are caught,” said Jula.

The police officer – who is part of the Ladysmith K9 Unit – was on her way to work on the evening of 6 January when she was stopped by victims of a business robbery. The incident took place on Poona Road in Ladysmith.

The victims gave the officer a description of the four suspects and she immediately began driving around in her personal vehicle looking for them. When she spotted them, the suspects fired shots at her, and the officer fired back, causing the suspects to flee in different directions.


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The police officer’s private vehicle was damaged in the shooting, but she managed to call for backup, and together with the K9 Unit and Ladysmith SAPS, they continued in their pursuit of the suspects. Two who were found hiding out in a nearby house.

“The two suspects are aged 21, and were found in possession of an illegal firearm with ammunition as well as a toy gun,” said a statement from SAPS Captain Nqobile Gwala. The officers were also able to recover the money that was stolen during the robbery.

The suspects will appear before the Ladysmith Magistrates Court on charges of robbery, attempted murder, as well as illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

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