MATLEREKENG – The Safer Festive Season Operations conducted across Limpopo Province continue to hit hard on criminals with 1503 arrests made in the past week from 14 to 21 November 2021, according to police.
Police said the operations were performed by various units such as Highway Patrol team, VCIU, Tracking team, TRT, Stock theft, Crime intelligence, Detectives, K-9, POP and Narcotics team.
The suspects aged between 19 and 46 were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, robberies, rape, assault, burglaries, stock theft, fraud, arson, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition to contravening the illegal immigration Act.
In one of the incidents, a 27 year-old suspect was found in possession of five sachets of heroin and dagga in Matlerekeng outside Marble Hall on 19 November 2021.
On 16 November, an intelligence driven joint operation by members of the Bela-Bela Tuinplaas and Highway Patrol led to the arrest of five suspects aged between 24 and 46 allegedly involved in house robbery which occurred on 08 November 2021 at Settlers.
The suspects were arrested were arrested not far from the crime scene travelling in a bakkie. Police recovered two firearms with live rounds of ammunition, knives, an axe, gloves, balaclavas and several cellphones. The suspects are expected to appear before the Bela-Bela Magistrates Court for bail application on 26 November 2021.
During the operations, police recovered 18 firearms, 9074 sticks of counterfeit cigarettes, 44 dangerous weapons, 05 robbed/stolen vehicles, 36 knives, 982988.75ml of liquor and 1653 fines were issued for contravention of the Road Traffic Act.
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has commended the members for their commitment in keeping the citizens of this province safe and also urged them to be on high alert and hit hard on identified hotspot areas.
Some of the suspects arrested in other separate incidents during the operations have started appearing in different magistrates courts across the province.