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Limpopo cops nab over 2 500 suspects in 7-day crackdown

File picture: African News Agency (ANA)

File picture: African News Agency (ANA)

Published Jan 12, 2022


CAPE TOWN – More than 2 500 suspects were arrested in Limpopo in one week, as the SAPS in joint operations clamped down on offenders.

Between January 2 and 9, Limpopo SAPS’s heightened joint operations resulted in 2 534 suspects aged between 19 and 47 being arrested, police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.

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The crimes ranged from illegal liquor trading, dealing in drugs, theft, murder, assault, robberies and carjacking, among others.

Mojapelo highlighted the arrest of a 39-year-old suspect who allegedly raped his 12-year-old daughter in Tshirolwe Village, about 96km south of the Beitbridge border.

As well as the arrest of the wanted 28-year-old Tshepo Steven Botabota in Mankweng.

“He was arrested on January 6 in Germiston, Gauteng, and was brought to Mankweng where he was positively linked to several cases of house robbery, theft out of motor vehicles, and murder and robbery with a firearm,” Mojapelo said.

The seven-day operation yielded a number of illegal goods being confiscated by the SAPS, including:

  • 90 735 illicit cigarettes
  • 13 367g of dagga
  • 20g of cocaine
  • 5 stolen vehicles
  • 16 dangerous weapons
  • 13 firearms
  • 18g of nyaope
  • 377 litres of alcohol
  • 37 knives

Community members and operational members were applauded by provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe for their determination and collaboration in fighting crime in the area.

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