Police in Limpopo have tracked down and arrested nine suspects at Itieleng village in Bolobedu outside Tzaneen on Tuesday.

It is reported that some members of the community of Itieleng took to the streets on Wednesday. This follows the arrest of the male suspects aged between 25 and 48. They were sought by police for a series of crimes ranging from assault, robbery to malicious damage to property committed within the villages.

The suspects were arrested through an Intelligence-driven joint operation. The preliminary report indicates that the violence was sparked by allegations that police arrested some of the community members involved in the mob justice incident while they should be tracing members of a gang called “TNS” who are allegedly terrorizing the residents.

It is reported that on Sunday 23 July 2023, the community went on a rampage and torched two family houses belonging to Lucky Mohau Mamorobela from Mamphakhathi village and Lucky Raolane from Madela Park. This is after Lucky Mamorobela was granted bail on Friday, 14 July. He is facing charges of theft of a firearm with ammunition. Burglary at business premises, pointing of a firearm, and violation of a protection order [domestic violence related.

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The matter was postponed to 29 September 2023, for further police investigation.

Police are on high alert since the violence erupted and members of the Public Order Police. As well as other members of the police are monitoring the situation. Members of the community had earlier barricaded roads with burning tyres and an assortment of objects. They demanded the release of those suspects. The crowd even went as far as to chaos near the local police station. But the police swiftly reacted and the situation has since been stabilised.

The suspects are believed to be part of a gang responsible for a spate of criminal activities around this area.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has called upon the community of Bolobedu to remain calm.

“We urge the community not to take the law into their own hands. We call for restraint and calm. Allow the Police to do their work and anyone with information on criminal activities should report to the Police for the law to take its course,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

More suspects are also expected to be arrested in due course.