Hunt for eight ATM bombers

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The police in Bergville, northern KwaZulu-Natal, have launched a massive search for eight men who tried to bomb an ATM at the weekend.

Police said yesterday that the heavily armed ATM bombers arrived at a shopping complex in Tathem Street, Bergville, and held up three security guards.

They then shot a hole in the ATM with an AK47 and placed explosives in the machine.

Police spokesman Captain Charmaine Struwig said: "But they were unable to light the fuse and the explosives failed to go off.

"The gang fled emptyhanded in a powder blue Toyota Conquest with false registration numbers."

Struwig said experts were dispatched from Pietermaritzburg to clear the area and they found the explosives still lodged in the hole in the ATM on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the Durban organised crime unit last week shot dead a man believed to be a kingpin in the ATM bombings in the province.

This brings to three the number of ATM bombing suspects killed in one month in shootouts with the cops.

The police had acted on a tip-off and went to a house in the area. When they got there a shootout ensued between them and Muzi Majola. Majola, 26, was shot dead at the scene.

Police say Majola was a key suspect in the recent bombings in Zululand and Durban areas.

Police recovered an AK-47 rifle, R-1 rifle, rounds of ammunition and explosives at the scene.

Struwig urged anyone who can assist police in the investigation to contact Bergville detective services at 036-448-9447.