Nelspruit: 14 January 2022 – The Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has applauded members at Tonga for being dedicated to the cause of fighting crime as well as their act of bravery.

This happened after three armed robbers were gunned down last night at Block A in Tonga, during a shootout with police.

According to the information, a group of suspects charged into the local supermarket at Block A, heavily armed and looted items such cigarettes, television sets, airtime as well as an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a white Ford Bantam thereafter.

The matter was reported to the police, who responded swiftly and immediately searched for the suspects. They (police) spotted the suspects driving in a white Ford Bantam, which matched the description of the vehicle used to flee the scene. Upon noticing the police the suspects fired at them and the police retaliated, fatally wounding three of the suspects, while one managed to escape.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspect is urged to immediately contact Colonel Nancy Mnisi on 0726038438 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.