The suspect and his accomplice attempted to walk out of a Phoenix supermarket with a trolley full of baby diapers, when they were stopped by the security guard.
Various police specialised units responded to intelligence with regards to a planned armed robbery in the province. Police spotted a motor vehicle fitting the same description given to them with three occupants, along the N2.
“Police once again warn members of the community not to take the law into their own hands and to allow the justice system to take its course,” added Lt Col Zwane.
A case of child abandonment was opened at the Maphumulo police station.
Prior to the shootout, the eThekwini Inner North cluster team were conducting an operation in C Section, aimed at eradicating serious and violent crimes, when they spotted a vehicle that was stolen from Eagle Hill in Yellowwood Park.
Last week, the Durban High Court sentenced 30-year-old Bongani Bhamuza Gumede to two terms of life imprisonment for the heinous crime.
Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene at about 8:55pm after receiving a call from a neighbour, who reported the incident.
Blue Security and the Phoenix SAPS Crime Prevention Unit were at the scene of the crime.
Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said that on Wednesday, September 12 at about 9:30am, the eThekwini Outer North cluster’s Crime Intelligence Unit together with Durban Public Order Police, Durban Metro and Durban DPCO arrested two men at Rucklen Place (Barnyard).
The advert required interested candidates to deposit an amount of R2850 into a money market account. After the money was deposited, applications discovered that they were duped.
The team struck in various areas including Inanda, Ndwedwe and Cottonlands. Through their efforts, a total of five men were arrested.