GROBLERSDAL – Limpopo Saps simultaneous intelligence led joint operation conducted throughout the province over the weekend until Monday morning saw more than 800 suspects arrested for various offenses.
During the arrest of 890 offenders aged between 22 and 51 years-old, police managed to seize properties such as firearms, motor vehicles and different types of drugs.
Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said the strategic operations were conducted through road blocks, stop and searches, tracing of wanted suspects and patrols in CBDs, villages and farms. This with the aim of dealing with serious crimes within clusters and hotspots.
Ngoepe said in the Groblersdal area, 158 motor vehicles were searched, 38 motor vehicles tested, 586 persons searched, 18 road traffic fines issued.
In Thohoyandou, with Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nnke Ledwaba and Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for Human Resource Management (HRM) Major General Christine Moralakadi leading the operation, accompanied by the cluster commander, 40 people were arrested for public drinking, 16 for contravention of the road traffic ordinance, 19 illegal foreigners, five for drunken driving and seven for failing to comply with conditions attached to liquor license.
Meanwhile, focusing on crime generators such as alcohol and drug abuse, 19 people were arrested for public drinking, eight for being in the country illegally, seven drivers under the influence of liquor, possession of dangerous weapon, non-compliance with liquor Act and a tavern closed. 387 persons and motor vehicles were searched and 12 liquor premises visited for compliance.
Ngoepe said suspects arrested were charged with illegal immigration, murder, business robbery, possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle, assault, carjacking, road traffic Act contravention, possession of drugs and stolen properties.
“12 motor vehicles, 14 firearms, 21 ammunition and two magazines, six Plasma TV’s, cellphones, four laptops, 156 sachets of cat, nyaope, cocaine and crystal myths drugs, R15 000 cash of money, electrical appliances, clothing, music equipments and system, electrical cables, grinders, airtime vouchers and knives were confiscated during the arrests. The estimated value of the recovered items including motor vehicles is about R3 million,” informed Ngoepe.
He confirmed the arrested suspects have already started appearing before various magistrates courts across the province.