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Police are searching for a gang of about eight armed men, driving in a white Toyota Quantum Mini Bus, who allegedly robbed a pharmacy in Melville on Monday 13 June 2022, at approximately 08h30, where they took cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash.

It is reported that the armed suspects entered the pharmacy, pretending to be customers.

They then robbed the employees at gunpoints, taking their cell phones and cash.

The private security officer responded to a business robbery in progress. As he was approaching, the suspects started shooting at him and a shootout ensued. A passenger of a truck that was passing by was hit by a stray bullet and rushed to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.

Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist apprehend the suspects to please call the nearest police station or crime stop on 08600 10111.

South Africa’s kidnapping syndicates stretch from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mozambique.

The prevalence of kidnapping syndicates in South Africa, some of which are run by foreigners and rake in millions of rand, has emerged in a high-level crime intelligence report into the increasing escalation of the problem.

Private security companies have proven to be key in the success of the new Crime Intelligence Anti-Kidnapping Task Team.

In the past three weeks, two hostages were rescued and several suspects arrested.

With resources under pressure – private companies are filling the gap.