One suspect was shot dead when he exchanged fire with Police during a foiled business robbery in Nkowa-Nkowa, Limpopo on Monday.

According to the information members of the Mopani District Tracking Team together with the Tzaneen Tracing Team. Politsi K9 Unit, Tzaneen Crime Intelligence and Mopani Flying Squad were busy on intelligence-led operations in the area.

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While the Police were busy patrolling at Nkowankowa Section B, a community member alerted them about the business robbery in progress at a nearby Tuckshop. They immediately rushed to the scene.

It is reported that upon the arrival of the Police, three male suspects came out of the Tuckshop. Seemingly, after seeing the Police one suspect allegedly started to shoot at them and they retaliated. The suspect was fatally shot on the scene.


Two suspects aged 30 and 33 were apprehended afterwards. Police also recovered one firearm and the robbed items from the suspects. The deceased was identified as Aviva Hlungwane.

The suspects are expected to appear before Ritavi Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of business robbery.
Limpopo Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe hailed the good working relations between the Police and members of the communities.