sapsNews24 reports that members of the police‚Äôs National Intervention Unit (NIU) and a group of suspected zama zamas (illegal miners) got involved in a skirmish on Thursday evening resulting in one fatality and a number of injuries.  

The police were acting on a tip-off about guns.  The unit stopped a minibus in the Benoni area with a group of male occupants believed to be zama zamas and their so-called "protectors".  A shoot-out ensued resulting in one NIU member being shot and wounded.  Six suspects were also shot and wounded.  One suspect died a short while later while the other five were taken to hospital under police guard.  Another six suspects were arrested and five handguns recovered.


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