Five wanted suspects including a former Police reservist are expected to appear in the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court again today (Thursday) after they were arrested during a Police operation last week.
Tumelo Kgaphola (30), Thabang Mokganyetsi (24), William Mokoena, Comfort Sefoloshe (both 23) and Prince Masanabo (22) are expected to apply for bail during today’s hearing.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that the five, believed to have been terrorising communities and businesses in the area, were arrested at different locations within the Burgersfort cluster. Among them is a former Police reservist believed to be the kingpin behind a series of crimes.
Mojapelo said that the five suspects are believed to have been involved in recent incidents which include four armed robberies at two fuel stations in Burgersfort, two armed robberies at a jewellery store at Tubatse Crossing, murder and hijacking in Burgersfort, house robbery in Tubatse, four business robberies at Ga-Mashamotane and Ribacross respectively, another hijacking at Tubatse as well as a shootout with Police in Burgersfort recently.
Two pistols and a rifle were recovered at the former reservist’s home during his arrest.
Story: RC Myburgh