MEC Albert Fritz Photo: David Ritchie

The incident occurred shortly before 10am after the MEC attended an event at the Assembly of God Church in Zwelitsha, Nyanga on Saturday morning.

The two men were attempting to rob the Fritz and his guards them of their cellphones. The suspects then drew a firearm and attempted to shoot one of Fritz's guards.

The guards then shot one of the robbers dead, and seriously wounded the other.

According to City of Cape Town's Safety and Security official, JP Smith, a bystander may also have been injured during the incident. 

“Shortly before 10am at the Assembly of God Church the MEC and his two bodyguards were attacked by two armed men attempting to rob them of their cellphones,” he explains.

“They (suspects) drew a firearm at attempted to fire at one of the protectors which caused them to protect themselves and the MEC.

“One of the robbers was fatally wounded and the other seriously wounded. It appears as though a bystander might have been wounded as well.

“The cellphones and firearm were recovered.”