Police in Mankweng are searching for two suspects who robbed a 19-year-old grade 12 learner at gunpoint in Nobody, Ngwanalaka village on Saturday at about 16:00.

The victim was reportedly on his way from school when he was approached by the suspects. One of the suspects produced a firearm and slapped him in the face. The suspects robbed the victim of his schoolbag carrying books.

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There were no shots fired during the incident and the suspects are unknown. The Police have since opened a case of robbery with a firearm.

POLICE IN SEARCH FOR SUSPECTS WHO ROBBED A LEARNER AT GUNPOINT AT NOBODY

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the killing of a man in a mob justice-related attack at Kanana section in Makhushane village under Namakgale policing precinct on Sunday.

The police were alerted about a person who was brought to the Head man’s residence by some community members after he was severely assaulted. Emergency Services were called, and they declared the victim dead on the scene.

Preliminary information revealed that the community members mobilised after they suspected that the deceased (who might be in his late 40s) was involved in the disappearance of Isaac Ishmael Mbetheni ,(44), who went missing last month on 30 March.

The victim reportedly went to the dumping site in Phalaborwa to look for scrap metal but never returned home. The mob assaulted and forced the deceased to the dumping site. They alleged he was the last person to be seen with the missing man.

When they failed to locate the missing man, they left the deceased at the Head man’s residence. He thereafter collapsed and died.

The Polokwane Municipality, Limpopo on Wednesday embarked on a mission to confront the scourge of illegal water connections in Mankweng. There has been a rampant issue of illegal water connections plaguing the communities within the Municipality.

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The operation was backed by a formidable delegation of council representatives, spearheaded by the instruction of Mayor John Mpe. It was led by Polokwane Council Whip, Phetola Rapetswa, alongside Council Speaker Kobela Modiba and MMC for Community Services Yoosuf Pemma.

MUNICIPALITY DEAL WITH ILLEGAL WATER CONNECTIONS IN AND AROUND THE POLOKWANE AREAS

Their first stop was Moremadi Park in the Mothapo area. “Here, municipal officials were met with a startling sight, municipal water infrastructure fenced off by a community member, effectively blocking access.

“The audacity didn’t end there – a storage tank, containing untreated water sourced from the Dap Naude dam, stood as a testament to the brazen disregard for public safety,” said the Municipality.

Polokwane Municipality cracks down on illegal water connections
Illegal Water Tanker

“Even more alarming was the revelation that the suspect was profiting from selling this untreated water to the community, posing a severe health hazard in the process.

“Undeterred, the delegation moved swiftly to their next target, Thakgalang in Nobody. Here, a resident had tapped into the municipal pipeline illegally. Using a pressure pump to facilitate the sale of water to the community.”

“The municipality wasted no time in impounding the resident’s water tanker. A clear message that such actions will not go unpunished. Both suspects admitted guilt in siphoning water from the municipality.

“However, this crackdown is just the beginning. The municipality has pledged to continue its efforts to uncover and dismantle all unauthorized connections. Ensuring that precious water resources are safeguarded for the entire community.”

“The message is clear. Water theft will not be tolerated as Polokwane Municipality is taking a stand against those who seek to profit at the expense of public health and safety.”

The Polokwane Municipality, Limpopo have rubbished reports that they have issued a letter of approval for the shutdown planned for Thursday, 4 April.

A shutdown is reportedly planned in Polokwane and surrounding areas such as Seshego, Mankweng, Lebowakgomo and Matlala. The activities have been labelled as illegal with the municipality and other stakeholders distancing themselves.  

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In a statement late on Wednesday, the Municipality warned its residents not to be confused by the letter.

“It has come to the attention of Polokwane Municipality that a letter circulating on various platforms may be causing confusion and frustration among residents. The letter suggests the approval of a march for Thursday, 04 April 2024,” they said.

Polokwane Municipality deny claims of issuing approval for shutdown
Polokwane Municipality headquarters 

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY CLARIFIES SHUTDOWN APPROVAL LETTER CLAIMS

“The municipality would like to clarify that while such a letter was issued, the march has been cancelled,” read a statement.

“Furthermore, it is essential to note that this march is unrelated to any anticipated illegal activities aimed at disrupting municipal and business operations within the city. Polokwane Municipality reiterates that no shutdown has been approved, as no application was received from the protesters in question.

“Therefore, Thursday, 04 April 2024, will proceed as a regular working day. All roads, businesses, shopping centers, and schools are expected to operate during their normal hours,” they said.

“In light of these circumstances, law enforcement will be on high alert to ensure uninterrupted operations. The municipality urges all stakeholders to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity related to potential shutdowns to the police.”

Police in Limpopo have issued a stern warning against the dissemination of threats, regarding potential shutdown in Polokwane and surrounding areas circulating on social media platforms. There have been threats of a potential shutdown in Seshego, Mankweng, Lebowakgomo and Matlala over a lack of service delivery.

But Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe is assuring the residents of Limpopo that the SAPS is closely monitoring these developments.

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“Law enforcement agencies are prepared to deal decisively and harshly with any individuals found responsible for instigating or participating in activities aimed at disrupting public order and safety. The SAPS will utilize all available resources to maintain law and order and ensure the protection of citizens and property,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or threats to the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, Great North Transport have announced that they will shutdown their operations on Thursday due to the protest threats.

“Great North Transport has learned about a voice note and several posters calling for a shutdown on 4 April 2024. The targeted areas include Seshego, Mankweng and Matala. It is our considered view that GNT will not operate its buses in these affected areas,” the company said.

Public warned against threats of shutdown in Polokwane
Polokwane Municipality

“Over the past two years, our company lost two buses due to a community strike situation. Therefore taking precautionary measures to avoid losses and damages to these assets. As well as the safety of our commuters is paramount,” said Naazim Essa, GNT’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.

“Management will assess the situation throughout the day to determine whether to operate or not.”

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY HAS ALSO WARNED AGAINST THREATS OF A SHUTDOWN

The Polokwane Municipality has also expressed concern over the anticipated strike. “Polokwane Municipality expresses concern over ongoing anticipated illegal activities intended to disrupt normal municipal and business operations in the city,” said the Municipality.

“Polokwane Municipality has not approved any marches or shutdowns, as no applications were received from protesters.

“As a result, Thursday, 4 April 2024, is a regular working day. All roads and businesses, including shopping centers and schools, are expected to operate during their normal operating hours,” they added. “Law enforcement will be on high alert to ensure uninterrupted operations.”

Police in Limpopo continue to send a strong warning to commuters after two female hitchhikers were robbed by two male occupants in Mankweng. The incident took place on Thursday evening, 11 January 2024, along the R71 next to Serala Bridge outside Polokwane.

Preliminary reports indicate that two women were hitchhiking to Mankweng when a silver grey Nissan Tiida with two male occupants offered them a lift.

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When they reached the Mankweng policing area, the vehicle took the wrong direction into the bushes. The male passenger produced a firearm and pointed it at the victims. The suspects then robbed the victims of their cellphones and transferred money into their accounts using the Banking App. They also robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash and shoes.

The suspects thereafter drove off and left the victims in the bushes. The victims were eventually assisted by the community, and police were summoned.

WARNING AS TWO FEMALE HITCHHIKERS GET ROBBED IN MANKWENG

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has once more sent a strong warning to commuters who continuously engage themselves in hitchhiking.

“We still warn members of the public to stay vigilant to prevent such incidents. Commuters are advised to consider alternative transportation options such as the use of public transport. It is important that passengers exercise caution at all times. In order to avoid being robbed of their belongings and ultimately being raped and murdered, “said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Police have opened two counts of armed robbery and anyone with information that can assist the police in arresting the suspects should contact Mankweng Detectives on 082 565 6764. Crime Stop on 08600 10111; the nearest Police Station or via MySAPS app.

Police in Mankweng have arrested a 23-year-old suspect in connection with the brutal murder of his grandmother in Ramogale Village, Ga-Mothapo, Limpopo. The incident took place on Tuesday, 26 September 2023.

The 97-year-old was attacked and stabbed to death with a sharp object by unknown suspects while at her home. Her lifeless body was discovered by a relative at about 07:30.

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Police were notified and upon their initial investigations at the crime scene, the suspects were alleged to be unknown by family members. The dedicated team of investigators including the Crime Intelligence Unit immediately commenced investigations. In no time they cracked the case and uncovered evidence that connected the grandson who was also staying with the deceased. The suspect was arrested at the same residence in Ramogale Village.

MAN NABBED FOR MURDER OF HIS GRANDMOTHER IN MANKWENG

Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect also robbed the deceased of a large amount of cash. She had been saving from her monthly social grants. Police managed to recover some of the cash hidden in the suspect’s bedroom. Other exhibits which included the knife which was found inside a pit toilet in the nearby tavern.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, commended the Detectives for the breakthrough made in this case within a short space of time.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Thursday 05 October 2023. He faces charges of murder and house robbery.

Police in Mankweng have launched a manhunt after a 97-year-old elderly woman was found murdered at her home in Ramogale Village, Ga-Mothapo. The elderly woman was discovered on Tuesday morning, 26 September in Limpopo.

On the said date at approximately 07:30, the local Police responded to a complaint from a distraught relative who had discovered the lifeless body at her residence.

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Preliminary investigations indicate that the victim was stabbed with a sharp object. Police have opened a case of murder and the motive for this heinous incident is not yet known.

Elderly Woman found murder at her home in Mankweng
Police Van

MANKWENG ELDERLY WOMAN FOUND MURDERED

“We are treating this case as a top priority. A team of dedicated investigators is actively pursuing all leads to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for this horrendous crime.

“We urge anyone with information related to this incident to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation,” said Limpopo Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

Anyone with information can contact Lieutenant Colonel Magezi Nkuna on 082 319 9500. Tips and leads can also be reported anonymously to the Crime Stop hotline number on 08600 10111 or MySAPS App.

A 41-year-old Ethiopian National male has been arrested after he allegedly tried to bribe an immigration officer in Limpopo. The suspect offered the immigration officer an amount of R 30 000 at Mankweng Magistrate’s complex.

On Tuesday 29 August 2023, the Immigration Officer was approached by the suspect who alleged that he was related to an accused, who was arrested for illegal immigration in Mankweng on 28 August 2023.

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The suspect offered the immigration offer the bribe in exchange for the immigration officer not filing section 212, and testifying in Court during bail application.

Ethiopian man arrested for bribe of immigration officer
Mankweng Police

The immigration officer reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption Unit and an undercover operation was conducted on Wednesday. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday after handing R 8 000 to the Immigration officer.

ETHIOPIAN ARRESTED FOR BRIBE OF AN IMMIGRATION OFFICER

He is expected to appear before the Mankweng Magistrate court on charges of corruption.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has applauded the immigration officer for firmly declining the offer.

The two male suspects are expected to appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court, Limpopo on Monday 31 July 2023 facing charges of unlawful possession and dealing in illicit drugs.

The provincial organised Crime Investigation Unit followed up on information received from the source. They subsequently arrested two male suspects on Friday 28 July 2023 in Mankweng. It is reported that both suspects were spotted and found selling drugs at separate locations.

Dealers busted with illicit drugs in Mankweng
Mankweng Police

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The duo are facing Charges of unlawful possession and dealing in illicit drugs believed to be worth R12 000. The said drugs were confiscated by Police as part of the investigation.

DEALERS DEALING WITH ILLICIT DRUGS

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Investigation team for ridding this Province of drugs which were meant to be distributed to destroy innocent people.

The suspects are expected to appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 31 July 2023.

A 31-year-old female suspected drug dealer and a 30-year-old male were arrested on Friday, 7 July in Mankweng.

The pair were allegedly found in possession and dealing in drugs at Mentz Badimong, Mankweng outside Polokwane at about 11:00. This is after Police received information regarding drug dealing activities in the area.

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The suspects were allegedly selling drugs to the local high school learners and at the taxi ranks. An intelligence-driven operation was thereafter conducted. Two learners were found in possession of two sachets of dagga at the taxi rank. Police followed information and also swooped in on the suppliers’ premises.

Mankweng female drug dealer and accomplice arrested
Mankweng Police Station

A 31-year-old woman was found in possession of 39 sachets of nyaope and nine sachets of crystal meth drugs with a street value of approximately R 5000.

FEMALE DRUG DEALER ARRESTED

The other male suspect was found in possession of three Nyaope balls containing 25 sachets with a street value of approximately R 3000.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe hailed the members involved for ridding this Province of Drugs. “These drugs were meant to destroy our youth’s future,” said General Hadebe.
Both suspects were also charged with dealing in drugs. They will also appear in the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Monday 10 July 2023.