Police in Limpopo have activated a manhunt following the sudden disappearance of Sergeant Juliet Motshwene, stationed in Sekhukhune District. The 45-year-old is based at Rakgwadi police station.

She was last seen leaving her residence on Tuesday wearing blue jeans and a green shirt with pink sneakers.

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Acting Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers has ordered an immediate probe. In response to this concerning development, General Scheepers has emphasized the allocation of all relevant resources to facilitate the search for the missing sergeant.

“We are fully committed to utilizing all available resources in our efforts to locate Sergeant Juliet Motshwene,” said General Scheepers.


Members of the public who may have any information that could assist in locating Sergeant Motshwene are urged to contact Investigating Officer Sergeant Given Morgan at 072 114 1732. The crime stop number 08600 10111, the nearest police station, or the MySAPSApp.

“The South African Police Service reassures the public that investigations into the disappearance of Sergeant Motshwene are actively ongoing. Every effort is being made to ensure her safe return,” said SAPS in a statement. 

Meanwhile, Police at Apel have arrested a 37-year-old Zimbabwean national for illegal mining and contravention of the immigration act. This is after the suspect loaded chrome into the tipper truck on Wednesday.

Limpopo Police sergeant Juliet Motshwene goes missing
Illegal mining equipment

According to the information, the Police on Wednesday 31, January 2024 through Operation Vala Umgodi arrested the man for illegally operating in illicit mining activities. They confiscated mining equipment that was used in the commission of the crime. It included one yellow Cat TLB and a white Volvo side tipper truck with a blue trailer fully loaded with stolen chrome.

In a separate incident, a team of multi-disciplinary forces in Vhembe District on Thursday 01 February 2024, arrested a total number of fifteen suspects for various offences. It also includes possession of suspected stolen precious metals, contravention of the immigration act and the Road Traffic Act. As well as unlawful possession of dagga in their tour of Operation Vala Umgodi.

The suspects appeared before various Magistrate’s Court on Friday. 2 February 2024