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Police launch manhunt for rape and house robbery suspects


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo


POLOKWANE - The Police in Maake outside Tzaneen have launched a manhunt for two suspects who allegedly broke into a house at Madeira in the early hours of Friday morning, 03 February 2023 at about 01:15 and committed rape and house robbery.

It is alleged that an elderly couple was sleeping when they were awoken up by the sound of a door being forced open. Two suspects wearing balaclavas then entered the room and pointed the couple with firearms, while demanding cash.

The suspects then tied up the couple and ransacked the house. The couple's daughter aged 32 came rushing to the bedroom to check on her parents after she heard strange noises coming from their bedroom but was unfortunately grabbed by the suspects who forced her to give them the safe key belonging to her father.

After she gave them the safe key, one of the suspects allegedly forced her to the other room where he raped her.  During the incident, one shot was fired but no one was injured.

The suspects then took one firearm and 12 rounds of ammunition from the safe. They also took a laptop, two cellphones and demanded bank cards and their pin codes from the couple before they fled the scene.

The victims managed to block the cards before the suspects could withdraw the money. Police were called to the scene and they opened a case of house robbery and rape.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has appealed to members of the community to come forward with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects.

Anyone with information may contact the investigating officer Captain Phokane on 079 875 7788 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or use MySAPS App.

Police investigations are still continuing.


Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180