In Tembisa's Phomolong Section, police searched a room rented by an alleged cash van heist suspect on Thursday, turning the yard into a spectator zone. On Wednesday night, police found weapons and ammunition in the leased room of a Zimbabwean national. Locals were spotted on Thursday pointing their fingers towards a yard on Mofokeng Street.Rosettenville shootout."/>
Several people took photos with their cell phones. Zimbabwean man, 42, was taken into custody in Tembisa, South Africa, by the national Cash-In-Transit Task Force on suspicion of involvement in the deadly Rosettenville shooting on Monday.
The number of arrests now stands at 11. Over a thousand rounds of live ammunition, jamming devices, G4S and SAPS protective jackets, and uniforms were found inside the rented room by the police.
According to a neighbor, they've suspected the man of criminal activity for some time but were reluctant to go to the police about it.
"His demeanor was cold and unfriendly. Being an outcast was just part of his personality. I've never seen him with a lady in his life. He was secluded in his room all the time. When he exited his room, he was always accompanied by two large black bags.
"There was always a BMW automobile parked outside of his house. His demeanor frightened us. He didn't say a word to anyone in the neighborhood or even crack a smile "The next door neighbor mentioned this.
Another neighbor reported that the man was wounded in the leg in December, according to their observations.
"The morning after he departed, he returned to find himself wounded. I observed the bullet wounds in his leg. He was on crutches and unable to walk, but he quickly recovered. I saw him jogging a few weeks ago. He had only a bed and candles blazing in his room, according to a former tenant of his.
"A friend of mine informed me that he always had candles blazing in his room. When he was detained with guns on Wednesday night, we assumed he was a spiritual person. It was a shock to us all. Because it's now or never time for all of us who live nearby to get to know each other, "says one of the residents.
Before they could steal money from an armored vehicle on Monday, the man was one of 25 heavily-armed criminals who were apprehended by the police. Eight militants were killed and four officers were injured in a shootout that followed. Ten people were taken into custody.
It has been confirmed that the suspect was detained in Tembisa by the Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Thandi Mbambo. A 9mm pistol was recovered in his possession by police. A Magistrate's Court appearance was scheduled for Friday. The Hawks also wanted to make sure the suspect wasn't in the country illegally..
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