A 40-year-old woman was arrested in Modimolle on Thursday for being in possession of dagga with an estimated street value of R19 600.

A Tactical Intelligence Operation was executed by the Belabela Crime Intelligence Unit, Modimolle Crime Prevention and Public Order Policing (POPS). This is after receiving a tip-off about a female suspect who was on the way to distribute dagga in Modimolle. The teams immediately traced the suspect.

Subsequently, the suspect was intercepted in the area at about 18:00 while driving a silver grey Volkswagen VW Fox motor vehicle. She was in possession of the herb which was to be distributed in the area. 

Dagga in Modimolle
Dagga in Modimolle

DAGGA DEALER

The suspect who it is believed she is originating from Mbombela, Mpumalanga was immediately placed under arrest for dealing in dagga.

Further police investigations will determine the authenticity of her Nationality. The herb confiscated is originally from Swaziland and also most of the distributors are from that country 

The suspect is expected to appear before Modimolle Magistrate court soon whilst police investigations are still ongoing.

The Police in Vuwani have launched a manhunt for suspects responsible for the brutal murder of a 23-year-old woman. Portia Rambau from Tshimbupfe Thondoni went missing a day before Christmas.

The brutally murder deceased reportedly left home in the morning at about 10:00 to a local tavern but never returned home.

BRUTAL MURDER 

The family then reported the matter to the police and consequently a missing person file was opened. The Police immediately started with the search operation joined by the community members.

The victim’s body was found with multiple stab wounds in the bushes near Tshimbupfe Thondoni on Wednesday at about 10:30

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Police have opened a case of murder and and there are no arrest yet. The motive for the incident is still unknown but Gender Based Violence cannot be ruled out 

Police appeal to anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects involved in this matter to call the crime stop number at 0860010111or the nearest police station.

Alternatively, they may share the information via MySAPSApp.

The Police in Lulekani are seeking public assistance in identifying the bodies of  three men who succumbed to their injuries following a multiple fatal accident. The accident occured on Friday, 23 December 2022 at Selwane village along the D3260 Road outside Phalaborwa. 

Four motor vehicles namely, a Toyota Quantum minibus, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux VVTi were involved in this car crash which happened in Lulekani Policing Area.

Fatal accident in Phalaborwa
Fatal accident in Phalaborwa

FATAL ACCIDENT VICTIMS 

Anyone with information that can assist in the identification of the deceased. Might have information that can assist to locate their families is requested to come forward. They can contact Investigating Officer Constable Joseph Maluleke at 082 319 9713 alternatively report to Crime Stop number 086001011. Or even the nearest Police Station  and can send message to MysapsApp.

A drug Dealer has been arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation in Musina. They teamed up with the Beitbridge Task team and K9 Unit.

The executed an intensive operation resulted in the successful arrest of a 50-year-old man for dealing in drugs on Thursday, 22 December 2022.

DRUG DEALER NABBED 

The suspected drug dealer was found inside his shop and he was issued with a search warrant. Upon conducting a preliminary search, fifty nine (59) sachets of the Crystal Meth estimated to the value of Twenty Thousand Rand (R20 000) as well as seven thousand and four Rand (R7104.00) cash were found.

The drugs and cash amount found were confiscated for further investigation. 

The suspect was arrested for dealing in drugs and he appeared in the Musina Magistrate court on 23 December 2022. The case against Tobias Anasiundu (50) was postponed to 30 December 2022 for further investigation.   

Over 217 Christmas babies were born on 25 December 2022 in the Province of Limpopo. This is 36 less babies compared to 2021 Limpopo Christmas babies. 

This year, there were 33 teenage mothers while in 2021 it was just 29 teenage mothers. It is an increase of four. 

There are also 118 boys and 99 girls. 

CHRISTMAS BABIES STATISTICS

Vhembe District

35 boys + 26 girls = 61 babies

Teenage Mothers = 12

Sekhukhune District

26 boys + 21 girls = 47 babies. 

@00h05 a boy weighing 2,8 kg was delivered by a 15-year-old and @00h05 a girl weighing 4,4 kg was delivered by a 30-year-old. 

Teen Mothers=05

Limpopo Christmas babies
Limpopo Christmas babies

Mopani District

28 boys + 24 girls = 52 babies

@00h31 a girl weighing 4200g was delivered by a 35-year-old and @00h45 a boy weighing 3260g delivered by a 16-year-old. 

Teenager Mothers = 06

Waterberg District 

11 boys +  11 girls = 22 babies

@00h00 a girl weighing 2810gwas delivered by a 17 year old mother. 

Teenage Mothers=05

Capricorn District

18 boys + 17 girls = 35 babies.

 @00h09 a boy weighing 3160g by a 28- year-old mother. 

Teenage Mothers = 05

Overall statistics per gender and grand total. 

Boys = 118

Girls = 99

Grand Total = 217 babies

Teenager Mothers = 33

In 2021 we had 29 Teenage Mothers, which is an increase of 04 in 2022.

Comparison in Years

2021= 253 babies

2022= 217 Babies

In 2022, the number of babies are less by 36. 

A motor vehicle accident on the R81, near BP Garage and the Solomondale turn-off in Capricorn District, Limpopo has claimed five lives on Christmas eve. 

The accident was caused by a head-on collision between a Toyota Avanza and a Volkswagen Polo at 20h00 on Saturday, 24 December 2022.

Five people, including the drivers of the two vehicles, were declared dead at the scene. Three other people who sustained serious injuries were transported to Mankweng hospital for medical attention.

Law enforcement officers at the scene cite reckless driving as a possible cause of the crash.

CHRISTMAS EVE ACCIDENT 

Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani sends condolences to the bereaved families.

“We are saddened by the news and send heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families. May they be granted strength to get through this difficult time.

“I take this sad opportunity to remind all road users to prioritize safety during this period. Let us obey the rules of the road at all times, to arrive alive,” said MEC Radzilani. 

Police in Bela-Bela, Limpopo have opened two counts of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery after two women were shot dead.

Others were also injured whilst travelling in a bus in the early hours of Thursday morning, 22 December 2022.

Three suspects apparently boarded a Harare-bound bus at Bosman in Pretoria, pretending to be passengers. The bus belonging to Copperbelt Bus Company, reportedly left Pretoria just after 01:00 on Thursday morning.

TROUBLE INSIDE THE HARARE BOUND BUS

As it passed the Mantsole weigh bridge along the N1 road, one of the suspects allegedly produced a firearm and shot through the front windscreen, forcing the driver to pull over.

Harare bound Bus
Harare bound Bus

WOMEN SHOT DEAD 

The other suspects shot dead three women, instantly killing two and also critically injuring the other. 

All other passengers were then also ordered to disembark and lie on the ground.

They were thereafter robbed of their belongings, including cash, cellphones and passports. The suspects were thereafter allegedly picked up by another motor vehicle that was apparently following the bus.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered that the suspects be hunted down. Be brought to book.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects may contact Captain Dana Smith on 081 577 4383. Also the crime stop number 086001011 or send the message via MySAPSApp.

A foreign national was arrested after he allegedly attempted to bribe a Police Sergeant at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Thursday. 

The Sergeant forms part of a team that investigates illegal mining activities. The team recently confiscated and impounded a truck with two trailers. It was allegedly involved in illegal mining at Northam in the Waterberg District.

FOREIGN NATIONAL BRIBES COP 

The suspect allegedly approached the member and offered to pay him an amount of R6 000.00 to release the truck.

He was immediately arrested after paying the said amount.

The suspect will appear in Polokwane magistrate court on Thursday. 

The Police in Mankweng, Limpopo have launched a search operation of a 45-year-old missing woman.

The woman Maria Tona who was allegedly last seen on 11 December 2022 at her residential place in Ntshitsane. 

A search operation was conducted at her relatives and friend’s places with no success.

missing woman Maria Tona
missing woman Maria Tona

MANKWENG MISSING WOMAN 

She was apparently last seen wearing a White and Blue dress and black shoes. The woman has been described as light in completion and has afro hair. 

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts kindly contact the Investigating Officer Warrant Officer Sy Ramakgolo on 0725776263 or alternatively call the crime stop number on 0860010111 or Mankweng police station on 0152862000 or visit the nearest police station. For anonymous tip offs can visit MySAPSApp.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, Thobela FM brought back the ever-popular Thobela FM Gospel Music festival with a bang this past weekend. The event which took place at the cricket fields in Polokwane attracted an audience of more than 10,000.

It was not only a Gospel festival, but a prayer day for families which crossed over into the next day under the theme of “We Are Conquerors”. Gospel fans from across the province attended the praise and worship event. It attracted a record number of attendees who participated with no incident.

SABC Plus, the public broadcaster’s new OTT digital platform also streamed the event live. Expanding the concert’s reach even further to audiences who were unable to physically attend.

Bucy Radebe Thobela FM Gospel Awards
Bucy Radebe Thobela FM Gospel Festival

Performance highlights included sets by Bucy Radebe, Dr. Tumi, Thina Zungu, Psalmist Sefako, Peter Mabula, Omega, Urban Matjila. Sinky Mathe, Dr. Makhwting, Wacha Mkhukhu, Mme Onicca, Luyanda Ramatswi, and many more of the country’s leading gospel artists.

THOBELA FM GOSPEL FESTIVAL A SUCCESS

“The return of Thobela FM’s Gospel Music Festival exceeded our expectations. Our listeners came out in numbers to support the festival in a way that we have not seen before,” says Madikana Matjila, Business Manager of the SABC’s Limpopo Combo which also includes Munghana Lonene FM and Phalaphala FM.

People enjoying the Thobela FM Gospel Festival
People enjoying the Thobela FM Gospel Festival

“The Thobela FM brand is committed to ensuring that we provide our listeners with brand experiences that are in line with our values so we can continue to grow and expand in the marketplace. The live stream of the Festival on SABC Plus allowed the Thobela FM brand to be experienced by new audiences. We look forward to doing more of the same in the future”.

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