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 (@Sheldon_Cameron) July 5, 2017
— Tina (@missTina277) July 5, 2017
If u in Cape Town CBD travel with caution in Strand Street. Robbery in progress at Cash Crusaders with reports of hostage stand off.
— Nthabi selemale (@The_RealNthabi) July 5, 2017
— Jolandi (@jolandim) July 5, 2017
Business robbery in progress at cash crusaders Strand street. Over 20 guns trained on front door waiting for the perpetrators to try escape! pic.twitter.com/sbUZUczSkz
— paul ingpen (@paulingpen) July 5, 2017
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