A total of 103 suspects were arrested across the province during several operations conducted by Police from last Monday until Tuesday morning.
The clean-up operations involved various units from the clusters focussing on hotspots in the province.
From last week Monday to Thursday 14 suspects were arrested in Lebowakgomo, Northam, Mahwelereng, Westenburg, Giyani and Marble Hall. Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said two persons were arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen vehicle tyres and a vehicle battery worth almost R10 000 while nine others were apprehended for possession of dagga and drugs.
Thirty-one suspects were arrested within one night in Groblersdal, Lephalale, Mecklenburg, Seshego and Thohoyandou on the weekend. “Police were out in full force and out on the streets to battle crime face-on. In the Groblersdal cluster alone Police arrested 19 suspects for public drinking, five for possession of dagga, one for possession of nyaope and four for drunken driving. A stolen vehicle was also recovered and two illegal immigrants arrested. Police searched a total of 40 vehicles and 98 passengers and drivers,” Ngoepe said.
During the same operation two suspects were arrested and their vehicle and trailer impounded when they were found in possession of eight stolen cattle worth R60 000 in Mecklenburg. Five people were apprehended in Thohoyandou in connection with house robberies and two cell phones were recovered.
From Sunday to Monday morning 39 suspects were arrested in the Lephalale, Thohoyandou, Burgersfort, Bela-Bela, Makhado and Seshego areas. “In Bela-Bela two suspects, aged 47 and 29, were arrested for possession of drugs after found carrying 200 sachets of nyaope with a street value of R40 000. A suspected stolen BMW and R3 000 cash were also confiscated. In Makhado a 50 kg bag of dagga with an estimated street value of R6 000 was confiscated from a person’s home but he ran away before he could be arrested,” Ngoepe said.
Police made a further breakthrough on Monday when they confiscated a drilling machine worth R500 000 stolen from the Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine near Lydenburg recently. “A 27-year-old suspect was arrested and we expect more arrests to be made in connection with the case. During the operation two suspects were arrested at Jane Furse and Tolwe respectively for possession of illegal firearms and ammunition while cash of R917 080 was confiscated during the arrest of a 38-year-old man on a charge of money laundering,” Ngoepe said.
Ngoepe added that the Police will continue to conduct daily operations across the province in an effort to prevent crime and to bring criminals to book.
Story: RC Myburgh