Suspects arrested for allegedly raping school girl are amongst several nabbed for various crimes across the province

Two suspects aged 18 and 27 were on Saturday, 18 September 2021 arrested by the police in Malamulele for allegedly assaulting and raping a 16-year-old grade 10 learner at Roodhuis village. The suspects reportedly met the victim walking with friends on Friday, 17 September 2021 at about 20:30. They allegedly grabbed her and pulled her to the nearby bushes where they severely assaulted her and then took turns in raping her. The victim managed to find her way back home and informed her grandmother who in turn called the police. The suspects were traced and arrested and are expected to appear in Malamulele Magistrate Court tomorrow, Monday 20 September 2021.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Organised Crime Unit and Tracing Team arrested three foreign Nationals aged between 27 and 42 in Polokwane policing area on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 for possession and dealing in drugs. The police received a tip-off about suspects dealing in drugs and spontaneously planned an intelligence driven operation.

During the first incident, police followed up on an intelligence information which led them to the house owned by a foreign national in Bendor, Polokwane. The house was searched and 50 sachets of nyaope to the value of R2000-00 and 15 grams of Crystal Meth to the street value of R15000-00 were found in his possession and he was arrested on the spot.

In another incident, a 42-year-old man was arrested in Thornhill, Polokwane for possession of Crystal Meth with an estimated street value of R100 000-00, pure Heroin valued at R200 000-00 and “Boss” mandrax tablets with the street value of R26 000-00.

At the last scene, the team followed up on information which directed them to Bendor where a 29-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of 100 grams of Crystal Meth to the street value of R100 000-00. A silver grey Mercedes Benz was also seized.

In a separate incident, a 29-year-old suspect was arrested by the Police in Modjadjisklooof for a house robbery that occurred in the area on Friday, 17 September 2021 just after midnight. The members received information from a local security company about three suspects armed with rifles, who had just committed house robbery. The suspect was arrested on the same day at about 06:00, at a house in Mokgolobotho village following a positive tip-off. Some of the stolen items including fridge,stove, electric appliances, clothes, blankets, bicycles, grinders, solar power Batteries, etc were recovered. Police further confiscated three pellets rifles. The suspect will appear in Tzaneen Magistrates Court on Monday 20 September 2021. The hunt for the remaining suspects continues.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Detective Commander Captain Pikana Shikwambane on 082 414 2736, crime stop number 08600 10111or the nearest Police Station.

In an effort to fight against smuggling, possession and dealing in illicit cigarettes, members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP), had on 14 September 2021, had reacted and arrested three foreign nationals aged between 29 and 43 at Masodi Village under Mahwelereng policing area after they were found transporting illicit cigarettes. The Police received a tip-off about a White Toyota Quatum Panel Van from Zimbabwe transporting the illicit cigarettes along R521 to Polokwane. The vehicle was ultimately spotted along the N11 road towards Mokopane. More than 50 boxes of illicit cigarettes containing more than 100 cartoons of illicit cigarettes with an estimated value of more than R2 million were confiscated.

Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the members for these successes and has thanked community members for continuously assisting the Police in fight against crime.

“We will not allow these criminals to torment our communities and will continue to squeeze them out of their hiding places to ensure every citizen feels safe and their properties are protected. We also applaud the continuous support of the community members”, concluded Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service