DENNILTON/BURGERSFORT – Eighty-eight suspects were arrested during police special operations in Dennilton outside Groblersdal, Vuwani, Tzaneen, Burgersfort and Thohoyandou areas.
According to police, the suspects aged between 20 and 48 years-old were arrested for various offenses ranging from assault GBH, contravention of the Road Traffic Regulation, failure to comply with the Liquor Act, rape, common robbery, drunken and driving, possession of dangerous weapon, contravention of the immigrant Act, murder, malicious damage to property to unlicensed possession of firearm and ammunition.
Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said a motor vehicle, reported hijacked in Gauteng Province at Pretoria North, Sinoville was recovered abandoned in Dennilton outside Groblersdal.
Ngoepe said a 9mm firearm with 59 live ammunition was recovered which the origin of was still being determined through ongoing police investigations.
He added the South African Police Service led by the Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Nneke Ledwaba embarked on simultaneous high density Operation Fiela II in number of clusters, especially crime infested areas from Monday 14 May to Tuesday 15 May morning.
“The main operation was conducted in Mankweng cluster in Botlokwa policing area where the Provincial Commissioner physically participated in the operation,” informed Ngoepe.
He further informed the operation composed of the SAPS members from relevant security cluster, role players in partnership with community based crime prevention structures such as SAPS Thohoyandou, Makhado, Giyani clusters, Public Order Police Unit, Polokwane VIS and YCOP, CPF, Immigration Officers and the Provincial Traffic Police.
“The operation covered a number of areas in Botlokwa including Moganyaka village, the N1 North et cetera,” added Ngoepe.
Ngoepe further said the objective of the operation was to deal with cross boarder crimes including vehicle theft crime syndicates, illegal immigration, mushrooming of drugs and Road Traffic transgressions.
“It was conducted through tracing wanted suspects, roadblocks, vehicle check points and intelligence driven operations,” explained Ngoepe.
He concluded that during the Botlokwa operation, 19 illegal immigrants aged between 19 and 38 were arrested, a suspect was arrested for harbouring illegal immigrants, 21 traffic fines were issues to the value of R19 550 and 403 vehicles were searched.
The arrested suspects were expected to appear before different magistrates courts soon.