Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Early morning shoppers and bystanders scattered yesterday during a shootout between three robbers and the police in Mpumalanga.
The shoppers, scared out of their wits, dodged bullets and fled fearing for their lives during a botched armed robbery at a Somali-owned supermarket.
"The mini war started when a policeman on patrol noticed that there was something wrong a supermarket belonging to a Somali national," Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said yesterday.
"Police went to investigate and the robbers started shooting at the policeman.
"The police returned fire and injured one of them," he said.
Khoabane said the shooting continued for some minutes.
Frenzied shoppers and bystanders ducked to avoid being caught in the crossfire until police back-up arrived at the store in Elukwatini near Badplaas, Mpumalanga.
Khoabane said the armed men surrendered only when they realised that they were outnumbered.
He said the men were apparently armed with only a single firearm that one of them threw away when he realised that there was nowhere to run.
A foreign national, who was a victim of crime and who owns a business in Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge, said attacks on businesses owned by foreign nationals were common in the Lowveld part of Mpumalanga.
But the police said crime was affecting everyone.
"All three suspects were arrested but at the moment we are still looking for the firearm that they used during the shooting," Khoabane said.
"We are hopeful that we'll recover it because one of them threw it away."
The injured suspect, who is in hospital under police guard, will appear in court once he has recovered. The other two are expected to appear in court today.