Special operations rid streets of criminality

SEKHUKHUNE – The South African Police Service in Limpopo continued to work tirelessly during the festive season period as part of its implementation of practical tactics to ensure safer living environment for all citizens in the province.

According to police the “Quiet Storm Intelligence led Joint Operations” have led to the apprehension of more than 60 suspects for serious charges in a number of areas, especially in the crime infested ones.

Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said in Burgersfort, Phalaborwa, Tzaneen, Bolobedu, Mahwelereng, Bela Bela, Lephalale and Polokwane areas, 40 suspects involved in various serious crimes including possession of drugs in the form of nyaope, possession of stolen motor vehicles, possession of dangerous weapon, murder, attempted murder, pointing of firearm, car hijacking and common robberies were arrested.

Ngoepe said during the operations, three motor vehicles, three firearms, 24 live ammunition, 22 sachets of drugs in the form of nyaope, a bulk of counterfeit CD’s and DVD’s and cash amount of R4000.00, a knife, an air-gun and a Samsung cellphone.

In Makhado, three suspects aged between 26 and 32 years-old were arrested for possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle and possession of firearm without license following a positive tip-off about a stolen Mercedes Benz which was hidden at a house in Mudimeli village. The other suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearm in Louis Trichardt town and in the Watervaal area.

Ngoepe said during the arrest police recovered a Mercedes Benz sedan, two firearms with one magazine, two cartridges and one live ammunition.

Meanwhile, Ngoepe said in Mankweng the police arrested four suspects aged between 18 and 21 years-old for armed robbery and possession of suspected stolen properties.

In Thohoyandou, twelve suspects aged between 21 and 28 years-old were arrested for burglary residential, burglary business and house robbery.

Ngoepe said police recovered during the arrest a cellphone, a leather wallet, 10 cellphones, a pik, two screwdrivers, two laptops, a jacket, 04 speakers, a hover, 32 rolls of electric cables, 02 bolt cutter, two crowbars, a diesel pump, a pliers, an iron cutter, a hand stamping machine, a hammer and a laptop.

He said in Polokwane, five foreign nationals from China were arrested for human trafficking, dealing in prostitution, possession of suspected stolen goods and bribery.

“The arrests emanated from a joint operation composed of specialized units. Goods with an estimated street value of R100.000.00 were seized,” informed Ngoepe.

The South African Police Service Limpopo Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, applauded the teams of members for the sterling work done and encouraged all the members to work hard in order to sustain the zero tolerance stance for any criminal activity throughout the province.

Ledwaba further hailed members of the community who continued to work closely with the police by providing quality and reliable information at all times which contributed immensely in the successes.

All the arrested suspects will soon appear before various Magistrates courts soon. The operations are ongoing.

Thapelo Motseo

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