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Police Minister believes failed Nyanga mall robbery an inside job

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the mall on Tuesday after a gang of would-be robbers targeted a Shoprite at the shopping centre on Monday.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula believes a failed robbery at the Nyanga Junction Mall could have been an inside job.

Mbalula visited the mall on Tuesday after a gang of would-be robbers targeted a Shoprite at the shopping centre on Monday. A shoot-out ensued in which a suspect died.

A security guard who was wounded in the shoot-out later died in hospital.

The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) special task force, national intervention unit and detectives had to be brought in to bring an end to the 12-hour standoff between police and robbers at the mall.

Ten employees of the Shoprite store were held hostage during the incident.

Mbalula says security around the pay out of social grants in particular needs to be tightened.

“From the police point of view, we should have been ready to monitor that situation. We don’t need to react. We need to sharpen our machinery in relation to crime prevention [sic]. That is what’s important.”

He has reiterated SAPS' commitment to fighting crime.

“Those boys who are trying criminality are too weak for the task force. We will never allow them to kill our people and terrorise the nation.”

Police are still investigating the incident and say more suspects could be identified.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)