A four day joint operation by the Tzaneen Police Cluster Crime Intelligence Unit and Tekkie Squad resulted in the arrest of 20 suspects for various crimes.
Tzaneen Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said Operation Clean-up targeted areas such as Bolobedu, Ritavi, Maake and Tzaneen and ended on Tuesday morning.
In Bolobedu ten suspects, all believed to be part of a crime syndicate responsible for terrorising communities in the area and in Modjadjiskloof since 2014, were arrested. All ten suspects are residents of Ga-Kgapane village outside Bolobedu.
“During the arrest a suspected stolen car, a set of balaclavas, a grinding machine and two boxes of dagga with an estimated street value of R260 000 were discovered. These suspects are connected to various offences ranging from business and armed robbery to house breaking and the possession of and dealing in dagga,” Ngoepe said.
Four suspects were arrested in Maake also for possession of dagga. Eleven bags of dagga recovered at Pulaneng Village outside Tzaneen are an estimated to have a street value of R65 000.
“Among the suspects is a woman who was arrested as it seems that her house was used for storage of the dagga,” Ngoepe said.
Five suspects facing charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm were arrested in Tzaneen during the operation. “These suspects have been running from Police for several months and are allegedly linked to five cases of assault,” Ngoepe said.
The last arrest was made in Dan village, Ritavi when yet another man allegedly dealing in dagga was apprehended. “Four bags of dagga with an estimated value of R50 000 were found in his possession,” Ngoepe said.
He added that the suspects were expected to appear before various courts in the area since yesterday (Wednesday).
“The Cluster Police would like to re-iterate its commitment to shut down all the crime hotspots and members of the community are still encouraged to come forward with more quality information as they are doing now for more criminals to be removed from the streets,” Ngoepe said.
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Photo: Dagga worth almost R400 000 were confiscated during Operation Clean-up by the Tzaneen Cluster Police.