The festive season operational strategies put in place to fight the scourge of TRIO crimes and crime in general in the Province keep bearing fruitful results through the intelligence driven operations and the swift action by the police members.

During these operations, nine suspects aged between 20 and 38 were arrested for various crime incidents such as business robbery, attempted business robbery, malicious damage to property and robbery. During the arrests, a number of items including cash were confiscated.

In the Lephalale Cluster, five suspects were apprehended in the Villa Nora policing area for a spate of attempted and business robberies and malicious damage to properties. These arrested suspects aged between 23 and 28, will appear in the Phalala Magistrates’ Court soon.

In the Seshego Cluster, the police have on Friday, 14 December 2018 intercepted a trio crime syndicate shortly after they committed a robbery at Lekhureng village in the Matlala policing area. Allegedly two suspects accosted a driver and his crew who have just delivered cigarettes, threatened them with a sharp instrument and tied them with cables. The suspects then forced the victims inside the back of the vehicle and drove with them to the nearby bushes and robbed them of an undisclosed amount of money before they fled the scene.

The victims managed to untie themselves and notified the local police who swiftly responded and started searching for the suspects. The two suspects were arrested together with their two accomplices near Tibanefontein village. The stolen cash was recovered and the getaway vehicle was also confiscated. The four suspects aged between 20 and 38 will appear before Seshego Magistrates’ Court soon on a charge of robbery.

The Police investigations in all these incidents are still continuing.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the Lephalale and Seshego Clusters for the job well done. “All the criminals out there are warned to refrain from their dirty tricks. They must know that the Police strategies to deal with all categories of crimes are in place around the clock ready for any eventualities. Members of the community are still encouraged to support the Police with quality and reliable information during this festive season period so that all the criminals are taken to where they belong immediately”, concluded General Ledwaba.

Source: South African Police Service