Police in Limpopo have arrested one thousand, three hundred and twenty-five (1325) suspects aged between 19 and 58.

The arrests were made during ongoing weekly joint operations that were conducted simultaneously across the province. They started on 18 September until 26 September 2022.

The joint operations saw Police clamping down on criminals involved in various offences such as murder, robberies, carjacking, assaults, and rape. Possession of unlicensed firearms, suspected stolen property, dangerous weapons, dealing in drugs and illicit cigarettes. Burglaries and undocumented foreign nationals and contravening the Immigration laws.

Over 1000 suspects arrested in Limpopo
Over 1000 suspects arrested in Limpopo

Suspects arrested in Limpopo

During one of the operations, two suspects aged 23 and 32 were arrested for transporting illicit cigarettes in the Polokwane CBD. Police confiscated 29 cartoons of illicit Remington gold cigarettes.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old suspect was arrested for dealing in drugs at Ivy Park outside Polokwane. Police confiscated 100 sachets of Nyaope drugs, 09 sachets of Crystal meth and a cash amount of money. All to the estimated street value of R 3 000 00.

In the same operation, a 36-year-old foreign National was arrested in Ster Park after he was found in possession of Cat and Crystal meth drugs. The drugs are estimated at a street value of R 20 000.

Police also recovered 8 suspected stolen motor vehicles during the operations. Some of the vehicles were reported hijacked or stolen in other provinces.

During one of the operations conducted, Police spotted a suspicious Toyota Hilux Legend 50 along the R101 road, north of Mokopane town. The vehicle was tactically pulled over the road and when Police circulated it.

They discovered that it was reported stolen in Sunnyside, Gauteng Province. The 25-year-old driver was arrested.

Over 1000 suspects arrested in Limpopo

NUMBER OF FINES ISSUED

During the operations Police also confiscated 02 firearms, 23 dangerous weapons, 33 knives, drugs including Crystal meth, CAT, Nyaope, grams of dagga, liquor and illicit cigarettes. In addition, a total of 1303 fines were issued and 39 shebeens closed.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the various police units actively involved during these operations.

“We still urge community members to continue to work with us in fighting against crime and squeezing the operating space for criminals,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Some of the arrested suspects have started to appear before various Magistrate’s Courts across the province.