Ipid takes over probe into MEC attempted robbery

WESTERN CAPE 12 August 2017 - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz speaks to eNCA after he and his bodyguards were held up by armed men in Nyanga, Cape Town. Video: eNCA

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has taken over the investigation into an attempted robbery and shooting incident involving Western Cape social development MEC, Albert Fritz in Nyanga, Cape Town on Saturday morning.

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“One suspect was fatally wounded, one injured, and a bystander wounded following an attempted robbery involving MEC for social development Mr Albert Fritz,” Western Cape police said.

“It is alleged two armed suspects tried to rob the MEC and his spokesperson of their cellular phones. The MEC’s protectors fired shots in response. The Ipid has taken over the investigation,” police said.

Fritz told eNCA that he, his spokesman, and his two bodyguards were approached outside a church in Nyanga when two armed assailants “casually” walked across the street and attempted to rob them of their cellphones. 

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He was in the car talking to his spokesman and waiting to speak at a youth event. One of the men attempted to shoot one of his bodyguards but the gun jammed.

The bodyguard threw his cellphone on the ground to distract the robber, and was then able to get his own pistol out.

Fritz said he was amazed at the attitude of “impunity” displayed by the robbers during the incident.

Ipid is the body charged with investigating serious criminal offences by SAPS and Municipal Police Service (MPS) members. 

African News Agency

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