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OVER 1000 SUSPECTS APPREHENDED DURING JOINT WEEKLY OPERATIONS: POLOKWANE
2021/07/06      |  Written By:  Brigadier M Mojapelo   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE - The South African Police Service in Limpopo continue to eradicate criminal activities following the arrest of One thousand three hundred and ninety six (1396 ) suspects aged between 23 and 52 for various offences during joint operations that are being conducted weekly in all the Districts. The arrests were effected since on 27 June until today, on Monday 05 July 2021.

The suspects were apprehended for various crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, possession and dealing in drugs, possession of illegal explosives, illegal immigrants, sexual assault, assault GBH, burglary residential and business, stock theft, malicious damage to properties, arson, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, to carrying of dangerous weapons.

Police are evidently winning the battle to get illegal firearms off the streets after the recent arrest of more than 10 suspects and recovery of 14 firearms.

The arrests include two suspects aged 31 on Wednesday 30 June 2021 in the Jane Furse policing area,  believed to be part of a criminal gang that has been tormenting communities in and around this area. The suspects were arrested at separate locations during a sting operation by Crime Intelligence Unit, Detectives and Limpopo Highway Patrol. Two (02)9mm pistols were confiscated. Preliminary police investigations have linked the suspects with business robberies committed in Apel and Sekhukhune areas. The manhunt for the remaining suspects is still underway.

In one of the operations conducted in the Capricorn District, a 52- year- old suspect was arrested at his house in Saamboubrug by members of Seshego Crime Intelligence Unit and the Highway Patrol, following a tip-off about the existence of illegal firearms on the farm. The suspect was found in possession of one 9mm pistol and police further discovered several live ammunition inside the safe.

The other suspect aged 27, was arrested in Mmotong Village near Seshego after police stopped his vehicle during normal patrol duties. Upon searching the vehicle, the members discovered a 9mm pistol with ammunition hidden inside.

An intelligence driven operation that was conducted  on Wednesday 30 June 2021 by the members of the Provincial Organised Crime team jointly with Crime Intelligence Unit led to the apprehension of three suspects aged between 27 and 31 for possession of illegal explosives at Clen Cowie location in the Nebo policing area in Sekhukhune District. Police discovered five (05) electric bomb detonators that were concealed inside the suspects' Toyota Etios Sprint motor vehicle. The origin of the explosives is unknown at this stage but the police investigations are still ongoing.

In Polokwane, the Police received information about unknown suspect dealing in drugs. The information was operationalised and a 32-year-old suspect was subsequently arrested in Bendor suburb. The suspect was found in possession of 51 grams of CAT and 53 grams of Crystal meth drugs all valued at over R10 000.

The operations comprised members from various SAPS units including Limpopo Highway Patrol, Crime Intelligence Unit, Operational Respond Services (ORS), Tracking team and Crime Prevention members.

During these operations, police confiscated the following items: 2148 counterfeit cigarettes sticks, 27 dangerous weapons, 586 grams dagga, 45 grams crack cocaine, 7,9 grams crystal meth, 16 grams CAT, 6,7 grams Nyaope, 27 knives, 2405 615ml liquor, 05 stolen vehicles and 1180 fines issued and 07 shebeens closed.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrests and urged police to maximise crime prevention operations and visibility especially in identified crime hotspots.

Some of the arrested suspects have already started appearing before the different magistrate courts across the province.

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The South African Police Service in Limpopo continue to eradicate criminal activities
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The South African Police Service in Limpopo continue to eradicate criminal activities