POLOKWANE – A joint Easter weekend operation by Limpopo Police from April 10-17 resulted in the arrest of 1,632 suspects aged 19-60 across the province.
Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects were arrested for various offences, including possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession and trafficking of illegal drugs and cigarettes , murder, attempted murder, robbery, traffic violation, sexual offenses and stock theft among others.
- Mojapelo said police recovered a stolen motor vehicle from Ga-Phago village in Matlala police area. The suspect was arrested on his way to Mmotong near Seshego when the vehicle was found loaded with 116 suspected stolen live chickens worth R10,000.
- Two men, aged 27 and 30, were arrested for trafficking at Nyaope in Seshego. “Police were notified by the community and upon arrival 198 sachets of nyaope were discovered with an estimated market value of R10,000. One of the suspects was positively linked to a theft in Seshego,” he said. he declares.
- On April 12, the SAPS Airwing responded to a tip about alleged stolen cattle being transported along the N1 South out of Polokwane. “The suspect evaded arrest but police managed to recover five cattle and a white Ford Ranger bakkie with trailer,” Mojapelo said.
321 fines were issued for alcohol-related offenses and 21 shebeens were closed.
“In addition, nine firearms, one stolen motor vehicle, 33 dangerous weapons, 2,379,043ml of alcohol, 270,925 illicit cigarettes, 6,9548g of dagga and five dagga seedlings and 23 knives were confiscated. 1,720 traffic fines and compliance notices were also issued,” he said.
The suspects are expected to appear in different trial courts across the province.