A policeman and a security guard were wounded in a foiled cash-in-transit heist, which saw authorities chase the gang from the scene in Macassar and eventually arrest three would-be robbers in Stellenbosch.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said armed men attacked a cash van in Macassar on Thursday, wounding a security guard in the attempted robbery.

“Police reinforcements comprising of local police, tactical response team and air support responded immediately, foiling the robbery, but a chase and a shootout ensued creating multiple scenes between Macassar, Mfuleni and Stellenbosch in which a 39-year-old [police] sergeant was wounded,” he said.

The suspects were tracked down to Kayamandi taxi rank in Stellenbosch, Naidoo said.

“Three suspects were arrested and five firearms including three AK-47 rifles as well as five vehicles were seized in Stellenbosch. Two of the vehicles were hijacked by the suspects as they fled the Macassar scene.”

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According to the Stellenbosch municipality, there were reports of shots fired in Dorp Street, where a fatality was reported.

Naidoo, however, said a body had been found in a vehicle in Mfuleni, but police had not yet been able to confirm whether this “formed part of the bigger scene as yet”.

A section of the R44 though Stellenbosch was temporarily closed as the police’s forensics team combed the scene.

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