The SAPS Limpopo Highway Patrol Team nabbed four suspects aged between 36 and 48 for offences that include possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of unlicensed ammunition and common assault, during sting operations which were conducted in the province.

The team confiscated a short gun, black airgun pistol and two live ammunition during the operations.

The suspects were arrested in various ways, one which a 48 year old man was arrested on the spot while busy assaulting a woman along corner Munnik Avenue and Herculus Avenue in the City of Polokwane.

According to Limpopo SAPS spokesman Col Moatshe Ngoepe, this is part of the focus area of the SAPS in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) across Limpopo.

“While the operations were unfolding along Church Street within the CBD, the police spotted a suspicious A4 Audi motor vehicle with three occupants which was tactically pulled off the road and searched.

“In the process, the above mentioned firearms and ammunition were found hidden inside this motor vehicle. The suspects were unable to produce the licences of the firearms and were immediately arrested,” added Ngoepe.

He said these operations which were up and running in the Capricorn, Mopani, Vhembe and Sekhukhune Districts did not leave any stone unturned.

“43 motor vehicles were tested, 64 motor vehicles were searched, 173 people were searched and the intensive patrols were conducted at 83 ATMs, 143 Filling stations and 11 shopping malls to prevent business robberies and ATM bombings.”

The suspects will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court soon.

The Limpopo SAPS’s Commissioner Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba has applauded the Provincial Highway Patrol Team for their relentless efforts in the fight against any form of criminality, especially the TRIO crimes including the Gender Based Violence.

Thapelo Motseo

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