Limpopo SAPS have arrested 554 suspects in the simultaneous joint crime prevention operations that were conducted in a number of clusters last week.
The suspects have been arrested for crimes ranging from possession of dagga, possession of dangerous weapons, illegal immigration Act, common robbery,theft, robbery with a firearm, RTA to Non Compliance with liqour act.
The operations focussed on roadblocks, stop and searches operations, liqour outlet raids, drugs, visiting second hand goods and tracing of wanted suspects.
They composed of various Police units in partnership with the Community Based Crime Prevention Structures.
The SAPS Polokwane focussed on the hot spot areas in the Central Business District (CBD) and the surrounding areas including the shopping malls.
A total number of 98 persons were searched during the stop and searches. Whereas Six suspects sought for cases of theft, assault , fraud, defeating the ends of justice, robbery with firearm, house breaking and theft were nabbed by the detectives during the Intelligence joint operations. The suspects aged between 31 and 44, will appear in Polokwane magistrate’s court soon.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has condemned these teams of operational members for their endless efforts in fighting crime across the province. All other arrested suspects are expected to appear before various magistrate courts soon. These operations are still continuing across the province