The police in Limpopo have arrested 948 suspects during intelligence driven joint operations that were conducted over the past week. This in a concerted effort to stabilize and normalize the crime situation in the areas that are mostly affected.
The suspects, aged between 19 and 57, were nabbed for various offences ranging from murder, attempted murder, rape, Illegal Immigration Act, armed robbery, fraud, trading without license, theft, Road Traffic Act, burglary residents and businesses, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, public drinking, possession of dagga, contravention of liquor Act, possession and dealing in dagga to stock theft.
The following items were recovered during these operations:
* 18 fire arms.
* 67 ammunition.
* 03 magazines.
* 13 motor vehicles, 01 truck and 01 trailer.
* 20 cell phones.
* 15 laptops.
* 03 plasma TV's.
* 12 cows with two calves and 06 goats.
* 01 video camera and 01 photo camera.
* 168 quarts of liquor.
* 01 safe.
* 126 sachets of drugs.
* 105 Dagga plants, 105 sachets of dagga, rolls and plastic of dagga.
* Solar panels valued at R65 000.
* Cigarettes, groceries, airtime, clothing, bags of cement, 17 bank cards, IT equipment, 121 ID books, grinders
* 27 road traffic summons were issued.
* 11 liquor summons were issued.
* R4500. 00 cash of money.
The highlight of these arrests was the apprehension of two (2) suspects aged 24 and 26. The two were arrested for business robbery In the Senwabarwana Policing precinct outside Polokwane and were subsequently linked to ten (10) more cases of business and house robberies. The arrest of the two will bring relieve to the affected communities after they were subjected to a spate of robberies during the previous months. The car that is believed to have been used during these robberies was also confiscated.
These operations were conducted through road blocks, stop and searches, tracing of wanted suspects and raiding of unlicensed businesses.
The arrested suspects have already started appearing before different Magistrate Courts throughout the Province facing various offences.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has commended members for ensuring that Limpopo residents are at all times kept safe and has vowed that these operations will continue until crime is completely normalized throughout the Province.
Source: South African Police Service