SEKHUKHUNE – The simultaneous operations conducted throughout the province form 17 April 2022 to 24 April led to the arrest of 1718 suspects.
Police said the suspects, aged between 20 and 63 years-old, were arrested for various crimes including possession of illicit cigarettes, possession and dealing in drugs, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, murder, attempted murder, robberies, burglaries, theft of motor vehicle, sexual offenses, stock theft, fraud, arson and contravention of Road Traffic Act.
On the 24th April 2022, police were on operation at Moletlane Village when they arrested two suspects aged 38 and 63 for bribery, resisting arrest, possession and dealing in dagga. Police recovered dagga at an estimated value of R7000.00.
A 27-yearold suspect was arrested for possession of stolen motor vehicle on 23 April at the R101 Road in Westernburg outside Polokwane.
Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, Limpopo SAPS Provincial Spokesperson, said that 41 year-old suspect was arrested on 21 April at Jane Furse for armed robbery which occurred in January 2022 at Mecklenburg outside Burgersfort.
Ledwaba said that it was alleged that police received a tip off and reacted swiftly subsequent to which the suspect found and arrested.
In Hlogotlou outside Groblersdal, he said, police arrested a 32 year-old suspect in Vleeisboom for possession and dealing in illicit cigarettes. During the arrest, police seized 41 cartoons of Remington Gold and 2 other illegal cigarettes.
Ledwaba said the operations confiscate eight firearms, two stolen motor vehicles, 67 dangerous weapons including knives, 1015x500ml liquor, 2049 sticks of illicit cigarettes, 5791 grams of dagga, 11 grams of nyaope, four plants, issued 1775 fines compliant notifications relating to Road Traffic Act.
He concluded that the suspects arrested during the operations were expected to appear before different magistrate courts throughout the province.
The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, acknowledged the efforts by the SAPS members who continue to apply their daily duties that result in apprehension of criminals.