700 suspects arrested!

Joint intelligence driven operations that are up and running throughout this Province have produced positive results after 772 suspects aged between 18 and 69 were apprehended for various crimes including offenses under the Road Traffic Act, theft, trio crimes, assault, armed robbery, possession of suspected stolen property, possession and dealing in drugs, etc.

The operations were conducted through road blocks, stop and searches, patrols, tracing of wanted suspects, etc. The operations were carried out by members attached to various police Units in all the Station precincts, Clusters including the Public Order Police Unit and the Tactical Response Team (TRT).

These simultaneous operations were running for twenty four hours in all the Clusters especially in the crime infested areas including at all the Port of Entries.

In the Mankweng Policing area, two suspects aged 35 and 45 were nabbed at ga-Mamabolo area for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. During the arrest, 97 live rounds of ammunition for 9mm and R5 rifle were recovered.

Meanwhile, in the Hoedspruit Policing area, a 69-year-old man was arrested at Molalane village for Illegal possession of ammunition. During the arrest, 519 live ammunition and 08 home-made silencers were recovered.

In the Burgersfort policing area, one suspect was arrested for possession of suspected stolen properties.

During the arrest, the following items were recovered, Honda diesel pump control, LEO electric automatic pump control, Sony sound system, water bottle, air conditioner remote, 9 ceiling globes, fan, electric stove plate, Adidas sneakers and black decker drill machine.

Through Preliminary Police investigations it was revealed that the items were stolen at a Farm along the R37 road (Tzaneen- Lydenburg).

In the Lephalale Cluster, in the Villa Nora Policing area, 02 suspects aged 23 and 24 for housebreaking and theft. During the arrest, three music systems and copper cables to the estimated street value of R 8 000.00 were confiscated.

In the Dennilton policing area, a suspicious motor vehicle was stopped and searched along Moutse road and 100 sachets of Nyaope were confiscated when it was found concealed inside the boot. One suspect aged 34 was arrested for possession and dealing in drugs.

In the Makhado Policing area, a 42-year-old man was arrested for house robbery and the following items were recovered:

* Toyota quantum
* Two couches and a table

During these operations, various items were recovered with the estimated value of over R2 Million as follows:

* 17 motor vehicles
* 25 firearms including rifles, 03 magazines and 256 ammunition
* 17 cell phones
* 06 laptops
* 04 TV’s
* Liquor, drugs, dagga, cash amount of money, music system, computers, copper cables, generator, clothing, shoes, cigarettes, solar panels, bank cards, utensils, groceries, airtime vouchers, cd’s, Jojo tank, bags

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has praised the men and women in blue for their dedication and commitment displayed during these operations.

The arrested suspects have already started appearing before different Magistrate Courts throughout the Province.

The police investigations in all these cases are still continuing.