SAPS cleans up
LIMPOPO — The Provincial Intelligence led a joint clean-up-operation composed of Crime Intelligence, VIS, Detectives, TRT, POP and Crime Prevention Units. This hugely successful operation was conducted from 12-19 September.
The operation covered some of the problematic Clusters (which were pinpointed by the recently released Provincial crime statistics) which are as follows: Polokwane, Thohoyandou, Modimolle, Tzaneen, Lephalale, Seshego, Makhado, Tubatse and Groblersdal. During this operation, a total of 56 suspects were arrested on various offences ranging from possession of drugs, possession of dagga, possession of firearms and ammunition without licence, arson (for burning of Sekgopo Satelite Police Station last week) to housebreaking and theft (where two Polokwane lodges were broken into).
A number of stolen and illegal items were recovered including: 6 plasma TVs, 2 iPads, 14 cell phones, 2 firearms, 53 rounds of ammunition – 6 shotgun shells, 18 rifle rounds, 10 9mm rounds, 14 7.65 pistol rounds; drugs including nyaope, crystal meth, cat, tik, dagga; groceries, cash, music systems, cigarettes, cosmetics and eight vehicles with the consolidated estimated value of R2.5m.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lt. General Nneke Jimmy Ledwaba, has applauded all units who took part in this operation for a job well done and he also warned all the criminals out there to refrain from any criminal activities now or the Police will be on their door step – sooner or later. The General further expressed his appreciation to all community members who gave the SAPS valuable information which led to this great achievement and he encouraged them to give more such information until all citizens of this Province feel free at all times.
This operation will continue by targeting all the hotspot areas throughout the Province. The arrested suspects are appearing separately at various Magisterial Courts on offences as mentioned above. Investigations are still continuing including trying to determine the origin of all the items.