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BUS TRANSPORTING ILLICIT LIQUOR AND UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGN NATIONALS INTERCEPTED AS WEEKLY OPERATIONS PERSIST: POLOKWANE
2021/07/20      |  Written By:  Brigadier M Mojapelo   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: The persistent weekly operations conducted in all Districts of Limpopo Province continue to yield positive results following the arrests of 926 suspects since 11 July until Monday 19 July 2021.

The suspects were arrested for various crimes ranging from murder, rape, robberies, assaults, smuggling of illicit goods, contravention of Immigration Act to contravention of regulations under the Disaster Management Act. Some of the arrests include the following:

▪️ Members attached Polokwane International Airport were on routine duties along the N1 road next to the South African Breweries when they arrested nine (09) undocumented foreign nationals traveling in a bus and confiscated packs of sorghum beer (alcohol) that were packed in the trailer. The liquor is valued at R175 800.00. A 31-year-old driver, who is also a foreign national was immediately arrested. Preliminary Police investigations revealed that the liquor as well as the undocumented foreign nationals were being transported to Johannesburg.

▪️ Four suspects aged between 26 and 37 were arrested in the Sekhukhune District for being in possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles during a sting operation that was conducted by the Groblersdal Detectives, Crime Intelligence, Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP), Dennilton K9 and Groblersdal VIS. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were allegedly running a syndicate of fraudulently buying the vehicles from the car dealership and then selling them. Three salary advices reportedly utilised to fraudulently purchase the vehicles from different car dealerships were also confiscated.

▪️ The Seshego Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offenses (FCS) and Crime Intelligence units nabbed a 42-year-old Traditional healer for rape that was allegedly committed last year December 2020 at Seshego. This after the father left his daughter with the suspects performing rituals who then raped her and fled the scene.

▪️ Four foreign nationals aged between 26 and 42 were this morning arrested in Tzaneen by members of the Provincial Tracking team and 72 boxes of illicit cigarettes valued at R252 000.00 and three bakkies confiscated. The suspects were arrested during a well coordinated intelligence driven operation that led the operatives to a premises in Tzaneen town where the suspects were arrested.

▪️ Adding up to these arrests, 815 persons were arrested for contravening the regulations under the Disaster Management Act across the Province.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the members for the hard work and has urged them to be more determined and unrelenting in their quest of making Limpopo Province a safe and secure place.

Some of the suspects have already started appearing in different Magistrates’ Courts around the Province. The operations are continuing.

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The liquor is valued at R175 800.00.