As a police helicopter circled above‚ officers held rifles at the ready and fanned out down the embankment toward the river on Friday.
Heavily armed police officers are combing the banks of the Umhlangane River for two gunmen who fled after a shootout on the N2 near Riverhorse Valley‚ north of Durban.
The search follows a shootout between police and gunmen that forced the closure of the N2 southbound highway near KwaMashu.
A well-placed police source‚ who could not be named‚ said members of the Hawks and National Intervention Unit had intercepted a car they believed to be on its way to commit a house robbery.
As police followed the car‚ a white Mercedes‚ a shootout ensued and the cars collided‚ veering through the centre median into oncoming traffic.
In the hail of gunfire that followed‚ two gunmen were killed and a third was wounded and arrested. Two of their cohorts fled into the thick brush.
A police officer and several motorists were injured.
Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said a woman‚ whose car was hit by the out of control vehicles‚ was treated by medics.
Two police officers‚ who sustained serious injuries‚ were also treated at the scene.