SEKHUKHUNE – The concerted efforts of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo to heighten operations in ensuring a safe and crime free festive season period resulted in the arrest of 1294 suspects aged between 19 and 43.
The suspects were arrested for various crimes offences including rape and other offences including rape and other sexual offences, murder, robberies, burglaries, arson, theft of motor vehicle, fraud, drugs and contravention of Disaster Management Act.
The operations were conducted from the past week until Tuesday, 30 November 2021. A 40 year-old suspect was arrested for intimidation and assault GBH during the operation conducted on 23 November at Lebowakgomo Zone Z.
On 26 November, members of the organized Crime unit nabbed a 27 year-old man for dealing in drugs during an operation conducted at Musina.
Three armed robbery suspects were arrested at Naboomspruit, following received on 23 November at 20:00. The suspects were spotted driving a silver Mercedes Benze in Naboomspruit Town.
A 28 year-old suspect was arrested for kidnapping and rape incidents that allegedly occurred during October this year in Westerberg.
On 25 November, a 19 year-old suspect was arrested after he was linked to a group of gangsters at Bela-Bela. The group reportedly terrorized community members in the area. Police recovered suspected stolen properties during the arrest.
Two suspects aged 24 and 29 were on Tuesday 30 November, arrested by Giyani police for armed allegedly committed at Mageva Village. The suspects were cornered at Giyani CBD and apprehended.
Police confiscated 11805 sticks of counterfeit cigarettes, 57 dangerous weapons, 2689 grams of dagga, 17 firearms, and 09 suspected stolen or robbed motor vehicles during the arrests.
The operations were conducted by police members from different units, such as Limpopo Tracking Team, FCS, Detectives, Flying Squad, Organized Crime, Crime Intelligence, Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP), Stock Theft, VCIU and Public Order Policing (POPS).
The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has called upon community members to continue assisting police in the fight against crime to ensure a safe and crime free festive period.
The arrested suspects have started appearing before various magistrates’ courts across the province. Police investigations continue.