A suspected theft syndicate member was shot in the leg when he attacked police officers who tried to arrest him and seven others.
Police spokesman Shooz Magudulela said the eight men had broken into a factory in Newcastle on Friday and stolen 120 sewing machine motors.
"The suspects came back on Saturday night to complete their mission. Security guards alerted the police, who surrounded the factory and arrested the suspects.
"One suspect was shot in the knee when he attacked the police with a sharp iron. The suspect is under police guard at the local hospital," he said.
Magudulela said the stolen motors were found in Madadeni township.
In another incident yesterday, three men were arrested after they were found with stolen copper.
The copper was allegedly stolen from local Telkom and Spoornet warehouses.
The suspects were found selling the copper at the Light House Scrap Dealership.
Magudulela said police also discovered the scrapyard was not registered.
"The business was closed down and the owner fined R2000."