Fannie Masemola has been appointed as the new national police commissioner of the country by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Presidency said Masemola’s appointment as police commissioner will ensure continuity in the most senior position in the police service following Khehla’s Sitole’s departure from office.

GENERAL FANNIE MASEMOLA APPOINTED IN TOP POSITION

“General Masemola has been a deputy police commissioner with an outstanding record of achievements and policing across South Africa. This includes helping with the de-escalation of violence in KwaZulu-Natal after our first democratic elections where he was stationed.

Fannie Masemola appointed new national Police commissioner
Fannie Masemola

A SEASONED COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

“General Masemola also brings to this position his experience in drastically reducing cash-in-transit heists in the period around 2016,” Ramaphosa said.

Masemola served as the Deputy National Commissioner responsible for Policing since April 2016.

Police in Maake outside Tzaneen have launched a manhunt for unknown suspects who raped and killed a 68-year-old woman. The woman was raped at her home in Turkey Zone 1, Ga-Sekororo village, Limpopo on Sunday, 27 March 2022.

The deceased, whose identity cannot be revealed to protect the child was reportedly discovered by her 10-year-old grandson in front of their house at about 10:00 in the morning.

POLICE CHASE AFTER UNKOWN MAN RAPED AND KILLED A WOMAN

The terrified child then called for help from the community who then alerted the Police. Upon arrival at the scene, they started with initial investigations and at that stage, no foul play was suspected as there were no visible injuries. An inquest docket was then opened.

Manhunt launched for suspects who allegedly raped and killed an elderly woman
Police Van at a crime scene

Police intensive investigation which also included a medical examination revealed that the deceased was strangled and raped. The inquest docket was then changed to murder.

SAPS CONDEMN BRUTAL INCIDENT

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers has called upon community members to work together to ensure safety to our senior citizens.

“We are also making an appeal to anyone with relevant information to come forward. Assist the Police in the investigations,” concluded Major General Scheepers.

Anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspect(s) may call the Detective Commander of Maake Lieutenant Colonel Theo Mans on 079 875 7951. Also the Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station.

A Company director is set to appear in the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for alleged tax evasion. The 33-year-old and his company named Homeground were served with the summonses to appear on 31 May 2022 for alleged fraud.

GOVERNMENT PPE SCANDAL

In an attempt by the government to fight Corona Virus in the country, the company was in October 2020 awarded a tender to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in 23 schools in Gauteng Province.

Company director to appear in court for tax evasion
In court for tax evasion

It is further alleged that the company was paid R6 448 281-00 by the Department of Education for services that were rendered.

COMPANY IN COURT FOR FRAUD AND TAX EVASION

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) allegedly conducted its audit. They found that the company was not VAT compliant and it was owing R841 080-31. The matter was then referred to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption investigation for further handling.

The Department is also being investigated. Other PPE’s related cases in the Province are still under investigation.

It was a drizzling Saturday on the 26th of March in Polokwane, Mall of The North where the Comrades Qualifier Marathon was held. The marathon was graced by a sizeable number of athletes from the Limpopo Province as well as different parts of the country.

Palabora Mining Company (PMC) Athletics Club flew the corporate flag high at Polokwane, Mall of the North comrade’s qualifier marathon. The different race distances were 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km and 5km fun run, respectively.

COMRADES QUALIFIER MARATHON

There were 12 members in total from PMC Athletics Club who took part in the race. Two members did the 42.2km and the rest of the team members also ran the half marathon and 10km. The team was also accompanied by two senior managers: John Makgatho (Vermiculite Business) and Dennis Modise (Human Resources).

Athletics Club represents PMC at Mall of The North Comrades Qualifier Marathon
PMC Athletes

Mpho Maloma: Manager at Lift II Horizontal Development/UG & Draw bells, ran the 42.2km race and he thoroughly enjoyed the event. “Although it was wet and chilly at the start and early parts of the race, I could not be deterred. I felt the condition were favourable for faster times. It was my first time running this race. The route is also deceitful, it is somewhat flat with a brutal ascend to the finish.

PMC RUNNERS AT MALL OF THE NORTH RACE

“As a PMC Athletics Club member, I am also happy with the participation from the club in the race. My advice to my fellow colleagues and the community at large is to at least do some form of physical activity when they are free,” Maloma said.

The PMC Athletics Club was started by few PMC employees on the 30th of November 2018. Their registration was approved on the 25th of January 2019 by Limpopo Athletics (LIMA).  It was formally launched at the Marula festival marathon that took place in January 2019 and by then the team only had 34 registered members.

Member registration is open to PMC employees, contractors, and Ba-Phalaborwa residents, contact Nicholas Mashumu at 072 34319 1944 and he will gladly assist.

“I would firstly like to appreciate my fellow team members for encouraging us to go and participate in the race. Making sure that everything is in order. I have learnt a lot as this was my second race this year. I am proud with the results I have obtained as they serve as a steppingstone for me to do better next time,” Hitekani Shikwambane, a 25-year-old from Namakgale that joined the club in 2019 said.

A court order was granted in terms of Section 50 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act to forfeit a red Mercedes Benz GLE 350d by the Polokwane High Court on 3 March 2022.

This follows the synergy between the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and National Prosecuting Authority.

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As part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of tender corruption at Mogalakwena Municipality. A joint team comprising the Hawks and NPA Assets Forfeiture Units seized a vehicle worth R1.4 million. It belongs to the former Municipal Technical Manager, Kgantsi David Malepa in October 2020. It was also discovered that the vehicle was registered under Malepa’s wife.

COURT ORDER RETURN OF MERCEDES BENZ GLE 350D

The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation received complaints that business people allegedly deposited money into a vehicle dealership’s account for Malepa. To purchase a vehicle of his choice as gratification.

It is alleged that between 2017 and 2019, different companies were awarded tenders worth over R50 million by the Municipality without following due processes.

Malepa and his wife were also among the accused who were arrested by the Hawks. This is in relation to tender corruption at Mogalakwena Municipality in September 2021.

The relentless efforts by members of the South African Police Service in Limpopo continue to yield positive results after more than 1000 suspects were arrested. This was during joint operation conducted across the Province since 13 March 2022 to date.

The suspects, aged between 19 and 50, were arrested for various offences. They include murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Murder, rape, illegal immigration, possession and dealing in drugs, theft of a motor vehicle including attempted murder.

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Illegal firearms, drugs, illicit cigarettes, stolen and hijacked motor vehicles, liquor and livestock were recovered during these heightened operations.

In one of the successes, members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol Team (LHP) received information about two suspicious motor vehicles which were allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes in Moletjie, Chebeng village under Seshego policing area. The members spotted the two vehicles which then sped off, resulting in a car chase until at Mabokele. The suspects abandoned the vehicles and fled on foot. The Police searched the vehicles and discovered 64 boxes of Remington Gold cigarettes with an estimated value of two hundred and twenty four thousand rands (R224.000).

In another operation, the LHP Unit, members of the Capricorn Flying Squard, Masemola K9 unit and Olivier Anti Fraud and Corruption unit operationalised the information received about a business robbery which occurred at Ga-Molepo under Mankweng policing precinct. Police received a tipoff about the suspects who were reportedly driving a white Nissan NP 300 bakkie. They intercepted the vehicle at Ga-Chuene, Ditshweneng village.

MORE THAN 1000 SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR VARIOUS CRIMES

Four suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the bushes but a one of them aged 29. was arrested while attempting to flee the scene. The said motor vehicle was confiscated during the arrest.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers has commended the members for their tireless efforts. In dealing with criminality and also thanked community members for continuously assisting the Police in the fight against crime.

The suspects have already started appearing in different Magistrate’s courts across the Province.

Police in Mahwelereng, Mokopane have arrested a 30-year-old male suspect for livestock theft and recovered 13 cattle at Tshamahandzi, Ga-Madiba village on Thursday, 17 March 2022 at about 11:00.

The suspect was arrested following an intelligence-driven joint operation by members of Polokwane Crime Intelligence Unit. Polokwane and Mahwelereng Stock theft and Endangered Species (STES) Unit.

This after information was received about 14 cattle stolen around Mapela and Bakenburg. Subsequently, an investigation led to the said area and police recovered 13 cattle and discovered that one was already slaughtered.

Stock theft suspect arrested and 13 livestock recovered
Livestock recovered

Some of the livestock was positively identified by the owners on the same day. The rest was taken to a pound in Polokwane pending the identification from the lawful owners.

The suspect, Piet Ndlovu appeared in Mahwelereng magistrate’s court on 18 March 2022. He was released on R1 500 bail pending further police investigations.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers commended the Police for the swift arrest and recovery of the alleged stolen livestock.

“We urge livestock owners and farmers to take extra care of their animals. Ensure that they are all brand-marked so that they can be able to identify them after the police have recovered them, concluded Major General Scheepers.

Two people perished in a head-on accident on the R71 Near Haenertsburg outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. Six people escaped with injuries in a multiple-vehicle crash in the Mopani District.

It is alleged that the driver of a speeding Opel Van was trying to overtake in a barrier line. He subsequently collided with two on-coming vehicles. The Opel driver and a passenger were killed on impact.

TWO PEOPLE PERISHED IN A HEAD-ON ACCIDENT

Four people who were critically injured and two others who sustained serious injuries were rushed to Mankweng Hospital. Reckless and negligent driving is cited as a possible cause of the accident.

A Company director and accomplices are expected to appear in the dock for fraud at Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality in Limpopo.

Five suspects aged between 36 and 54 will appear in the Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court today, 17 March 2022.

COMPANY DIRECTOR IN THE DOCK

It is alleged that in 2015, the Municipality awarded an R2.7 million tender to River Queen company to renovate the municipal hall including fixing the air conditioners.

The investigation revealed that the air conditioners were never fixed, but the company was paid R1.6 million

The suspects who include the company Director, former Ward Councillor, former Municipal Project Manager. Municipal Senior Manager for Technical Services and company Quantity Surveyor were arrested by the Hawks joint team (Serious Corruption Investigation and Serious Commercial Crime Investigation). This was during a takedown operation on Wednesday 16 March 2022 in Lebowakgomo and Polokwane.

One person was certified dead in a head-on collision between a truck and a sedan on the N1 few kilometers before Louis Trichardt, Limpopo. Emergency personnel used Jaws of Life to free the Sedan driver who was trapped in the wreckage.

One person dies in a head-on collision on the N1
N1 Accident

N1 HEAD-ON COLLISION

Motorists are advised to drive with caution, most of our roads are wet. Earlier on, The N1 South was partially closed next to The Ranch hotel following a horrific accident between a truck and a sedan.

North-bound lanes were completely closed and one lane was open for South-bound traffic. Motorists travelling between Polokwane and Mokopane had to use the R101.