PRAKTISEER/LEBOWAKGOMO – The four suspects aged between 27 and 35 years-old who were arrested during a sting operation which was conducted on 22 July 2020 in Lebowakgomo area reappeared before the Thabamoopo Magistrates Court on Monday 27 July 2020.
The suspect, Charles Phakgadi (27), Beshley Kekana (28), Moraka Thobakgale (30) and Tshepo Nkuna (35), facing charges of possession of suspected stolen battery towers, were denied bail and their cases were postponed to 03 August 2020 for further police investigations.
Brigadier Mojapelo Mojapelo, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said the suspects were apprehended after they were spotted driving a suspicious Toyota Quantum minibus which was pulled off the road, stopped and subsequently, the four male passengers were found inside.
Mojapelo said the vehicle was searched and police discovered six tower batteries loaded inside the minibus. The vehicle was also confiscated.
Meanwhile, a 42 year-old suspect who was arrested for illegal mining in the Burgersfort area appeared before the Praktiseer Magistrates Court on Friday, 24 July 2020.
The suspect, Aubrey Kompula Mmotla, was granted a R1000 bail and had his case postponed until 10 September 2020.
Brigadier Mojapelo said the suspect was found busy mining illegally and immediately arrested after police received a tip-off from members of the community about ongoing illegal mining activities at one of the local mines. An excavator was confiscated during the arrest of the suspect.
Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, commended the members of the South African Police Service provincial organized crime unit on their continuous efforts in the fight against organized criminal acts across the province.