Special task force intervenes in Cape Town CBD hostage drama

Armed members of a police special task force entered a Cape Town city centre shop on Wednesday as a hostage situation unfolded.

The city centre was brought to a standstill as traffic was diverted and people barred from the vicinity where robbers stormed into Cash Crusaders on the corner of Long and Strand streets.

A tweet from an onlooker appeared to show one of the hostage-takers being arrested. Police spokeswoman Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said that she would provide full details soon.

It was unclear how many people were being held hostage. A witness some hostages had been freed while others remained inside.

Sheldon Cameron tweeted: “Avoid Strand Street in Cape Town‚ there is currently a robbery and hostage situation underway at Cash Crusaders”

>https://twitter.com/Sheldon_Cameron/status/882557951503998976

Tina tweeted: “Word is Cash Crusaders‚#StrandStreet #CapeTown..Police telling robbers to come out with hands up.#CrimeMustFall”

>https://twitter.com/missTina277/status/882541645555802112

Nthabi Selemale tweeted: “If u in Cape Town CBD travel with caution in Strand Street. Robbery in progress at Cash Crusaders with reports of hostage stand off”

>https://twitter.com/The_RealNthabi/status/882564070016258048

Jolandi tweeted: “All's well that ends well! Well done to the #sapd and #adt! #cashcrusaders #holdup #capetown”

>https://twitter.com/jolandim/status/882557653129580544

Paul Ingpen tweeted: “Business robbery in progress at cash crusaders Strand street. Over 20 guns trained on front door waiting for the perpetrators to try escape!”

>https://twitter.com/paulingpen/status/882547435452739584

Source: Tiso Black Star Group Digital.

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