The concerted efforts of the South African Police Service in Limpopo to heighten operations in ensuring a safe and crime free festive period resulted in the arrest of 1294 suspects aged between 19 and 43 for various offences including rape and other sexual offences, murder, robberies, burglaries, arson, theft of motor vehicle, fraud, drugs and Contravention of Disaster Management Act. The operations were conducted from the past week until yesterday, Tuesday 30 November 2021.

* A 40-year-old suspect was arrested for intimidation and assault GBH during the operation conducted on 23 November 2021, at Lebowakgomo Zone Z.

* On 26 November 2021, Members of organised Crime nabbed a 27-year-old man for dealing in drugs during an operation that was conducted at Musina.

* Three armed robbery suspects were arrested at Naboomspruit, following information received on 23 November 2021 at 20:00. The suspects were spotted driving a Silver Mercedes Benz in Naboomspruit Town.

* A 28-year-old suspect was arrested for kidnapping and rape incidents that allegedly took during October 2021 in Westenburg policing area.

* On 25 November 2021, a 19-year-old suspect was arrested after he was linked to a group of Gangsters at Bela Bela. The group was reportedly terrorising community members in the area. Police recovered suspected stolen properties during the arrest.

* Two suspects aged 24 and 29 were yesterday arrested by the police in Giyani for the armed robbery that was allegedly committed at Mageva village. The suspects were cornered in Giyani CBD and apprehended.

The Police confiscated 11805 sticks of counterfeit cigarettes, 47 dangerous weapons, 2689 grams dagga, 17 firearms, and 09 suspected stolen or robbed motor vehicles during the arrests.

The operations were conducted by Police members from different units, such as Limpopo Tracking Team, FCS, Detectives, Flying Squad, Organised Crime, Crime Intelligence, Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP), Stock theft, VCIU and Public Order Policing (POPS).

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has called upon community members to continue to assist the police in the fight against crime to ensure a safe and crime free festive period.

The arrested suspects have already started appearing before various Magistrate’s courts across the province.