Following a robbery in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday, a man was shot dead and three more people arrested.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele, police officers were alerted about a robbery at a business premises on Hill Street in Pinetown.

Mbele said on arrival, they learnt the robbers had boarded a minibus taxi. He said “The taxi was intercepted at the corner of Glenugie and Kings roads, where four men and a female alighted and a shootout ensued. One man was fatally shot, one managed to flee and three were arrested. Police recovered three firearms and four cellphones.

He added that “The suspects were taken to Pinetown police station. They will appear at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday. “They are facing charges of attempted murder, robbery and possession of firearms and ammunition”.

It is alleged the suspects entered the business premises and demanded cash.

They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones. A case of robbery was opened at the Pinetown police station for investigation.