Limpopo SAPS have arrested 871 alleged criminals from 25 April to 3 May.Amongst those arrested is a K9 Unit cop at Burgersfort SAPS.
According to Limpopo SAPS spokesman Col Mamphaswa Seabi, members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol Team (LHP) were patrolling around R37 road in Mecklenburg policing area when they came across a white Nissan NP200 bakkie parked in the middle of the road next to Mathule cross with the lights on and the engine running.
“Members stopped to investigate and found one male who was asked to park the vehicle outside the road when he started to insult the Police. Upon further inspection it was discovered that the individual was drunk and also in possession of alcohol inside the motor vehicle.
“Police asked the driver to step outside the vehicle but he refused until minimum force was used and during the squabble, the suspect assaulted one member on the face while resisting to get inside the Police bakkie. “Subsequently, SAPS managed to arrest the suspect who is currently facing charges of driving under influence of alcohol, assault on Police and resisting arrest. The suspect aged 41 was later identified as the member of the Police Service stationed at Burgersfort K9 Unit,” said Seabi.
Meanwhile, a 38 year-old foreign national was arrested at Monsterlus village under Sekhukhune District for allegedly being in possession of illicit cigarettes.
Police received information about a supermarket at Moratiwa complex and quickly rushed to the premises. Upon arrival, the manager of the store introduced himself and granted permission to search. Police discovered 89 cartoons containing Yes and Remington Gold cigarettes which were concealed inside the store. The manager was immediately arrested for being in possession of illicit cigarettes with an estimated street value of R9700.00.
According to Seabi, the 871 suspects have already started appearing before their local Magistrate court’s facing charges that include murder, robberies, rape, driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen property, Contravention of Immigration Act, possession and dealing in drugs, resisting arrest, possession of suspected stolen properties and illicit cigarettes amongst other offences.
During these operations Police seized large number of counterfeit sticks of cigarettes, dangerous weapons,grams of dagga, dagga plants, gram of Crack Cocaine, grams of Crystal Meth, grams of Nyaope, four firearms, large quantities of liquor, 17 knives and 1 stolen vehicles recovered including a total of 845 fines issued.
The Limpopo SAPS commissioner Lt Gen Thembi Hadebe has encouraged the tireless men and women in blue for their commitment to fight crime and ensuring that the province remains peaceful and crime free.
“Everyone who commit crime irrespective of the status in the society will be arrested and handed appropriate punishment for their crimes” concluded the Hadebe.