A 26-year-old man was arrested for the attempted rape of a five-year-old baby girl at Northam, Limpopo on Saturday. The incident occurred at around 23:00.

According to the information, the complainant who is the victim’s mother was sleeping in a separate room, when she heard her daughter screaming for help.

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Upon checking on her she saw a guy who is known to her, undressed and her daughter was also naked.

The suspect threatened the victim’s mother before he ran out and disappeared in the dark.

The incident was immediately reported to the Police. A case of attempted rape was opened for further investigation.


The suspect was traced and arrested for rape. He will appear before Northam Magistrate’s Court soon.

Meanwhile, in Phalaborwa, a 25-year-old woman was raped by an unknown man who offered her a transport from Phalaborwa to Makhushane. While on the way, the driver deviated from the trip and took a road towards the Industrial area.

He stopped the vehicle, threatened her with a firearm, and tied her with ropes. The accused raped her, and also robbed her of money in her handbag and thereafter threw it away and captured a photo of the victim. He then fled leaving the victim at the scene.

Police were alerted and opened a case of rape and robbery.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect should contact Detective Lieutenant Colonel Mathebula on 0824691240. Also the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

Police in Phalaborwa, Limpopo are investigating three cases of malicious damage to property, after three trucks were burnt on Wednesday. The incident took place at around 19:00.

According to information, the members of the community went on a rampage, barricading the R40 and R71 with stones, branches of trees and also burned tyres.

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Allegedly, some unruly and opportunistic criminals took advantage of the protest. They attacked the three truck drivers and ordered them out of the trucks in the process.

They then searched them and robbed them of their cell phones and went on to burn their trucks. The damage is estimated at a value of R2 million.

The motive behind the incident is currently unknown at this stage. But police investigations are underway. No one has been arrested yet.

Three trucks burnt following community protests in Phalaborwa
Phalaborwa burnt Truck


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered a massive manhunt for the suspects.

“No one has a right to take the law into his or her own hands. We urge our communities to resolve their disputes amicably by engaging the local leadership rather than resorting to acts of violence.

“Any damage to property or essential infrastructure is punishable by law,” remarked General Thembi Hadebe.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved should contact Detective Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Freddie Lubbe at 082 573 3601. Crime stop number or also the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

A motorist was hijacked by three suspects who had asked for a lift at a Tavern near Mondzweni Majeje Benfarm, Phalaborwa on Tuesday at around 20:10. The three suspects hijacked a Suzuki Ertiga with registration: FWF 803 L on the R71.

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It is alleged that the three men told the driver that they were getting off at Zwide, the other side of Majeje near All Saint College.
As the driver was driving to drop the suspects off at Zwide, they took out a gun. He was then instructed to drive straight to town along the road to town.

The driver was told to make a short left into the bushes, and after the Lulekani crossed the nearby Sasavona guest house.


After they got into the bushes they instructed him to stop and get off. Thereafter they took the car and drove off.

The victim was left stranded in the bushes until he got help to open a case at the police station.

Limpopo police appeal to members of the community who can assist with information that can help locate the car. They should contact 0826944017 or 0847267037. Also rime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station or MySAPSApp

Two Parents have been arrested after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her stepfather at Lulekani outside Phalaborwa in Limpopo. The incident took place on 24 September 2023.

The victim’s stepfather, 42, who is a Department of Correctional Services Official, as well as the minor’s mother, 46, who reportedly assisted the perpetrator in committing the crime. They were arrested at their home on Monday 25 September.

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The couple was arrested after the victim reported the matter to the Police and the case of rape was opened. It was then transferred to the Phalaborwa Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.

It is alleged that when the victim refused to sleep with her stepfather, both suspects assaulted her and forcibly took her to the bedroom. The perpetrator raped her while her own mother pinned her down.

The suspects made their first court appearance on Tuesday 26 September. They were remanded in custody until they were each granted R 2000 bail when they appeared again before the Lulekani Magistrate’s Court on Monday 02 October.

Their case was postponed until 24 November 2023 for further police investigations. The man was charged with rape and the mother faces charges of having been an accomplice in the rape case. The identity of the suspects cannot be disclosed in order to protect the victim.


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has strongly condemned the incident.

“The alleged behaviour of the parents against their own child is very shameful and disturbing,” she said.

“Parents and guardians are tasked with the huge responsibility to raise their children in a respectful and responsible manner. So that they in turn grow to be responsible future parents. All the children deserve to be protected and never be abused by anyone, including their parents,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality in Limpopo has declared a local state of disaster after a fire engulfed over 12 houses in Phalaborwa town on Saturday.

A preliminary report shows the fire to have started near a local SANDF Camp and spread through vegetation and thatched roofs thereafter. Windy conditions and dry vegetation made it difficult for firefighters to contend with the blaze. But eventually extinguished it this morning.

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The displaced victims are currently being accommodated in the nearby Cajori Hotel and other surrounding lodges. Food packages are being provided while further assessments take place.

Phalaborwa Municipality declare a state of disaster following devastating fire
Phalaborwa fire destroy houses


The displaced victims were being accommodated in the nearby Cajori Hotel and other surrounding lodges. Food packages are also being provided while further assessments take place. No lives were lost in the incidents, and investigations into what started the fires are underway. The municipality took the decision following an urgent special council meeting held on Sunday.

Meanwhile, two fires in the Capricorn and Vhembe Districts were also reported on Sunday. Emergency personnel had to respond to them.

MEC for Coghsta Basikopo Makamu has sent out his gratitude to the public who worked through the night to contain the blaze. 

A 61-year-old suspect Rufus Louw allegedly insulted one of his female employees by calling her a k*ffir while on duty at Phalaborwa Recycling Company has been granted bail. Louw appeared before Phalaborwa Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo on Friday, 15 September 2023. He is facing a charge of Crime Injuria.

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He was granted a R1000 bail and he will appear again on 06 November 2023 for further Police investigations.

His arrest comes after he allegedly insulted one of his female employees by using the kaffir word towards her. She works for Louw at Phalaborwa Recycling Company.

Phalaborwa man who called a Black employee a k*ffir granted bail 
Phalaborwa Recycling Company


The victim reported the incident to the Police, a case was opened against the employer and he was arrested.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the incident. She has called it unacceptable and urged community members to report such cases to the Police who will investigate and arrest the perpetrators.

Police in Phalaborwa, Limpopo have conducted a disruptive takedown Operation, shutting down an illegal Gambling spot.

The team comprising SAPS Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit, FLASH Unit and Limpopo Gambling Board operationalized intelligence information gathered.

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The operation was conducted after a thorough and lengthy investigation was conducted through intelligence

Two female suspects aged 40 and 47 were as a result arrested for operating the Phalaborwa illegal Gambling sites. During the Operation, ten suspects were nabbed for engaging in illegal Gambling activities.

Illegal gambling spot shutdown in Phalaborwa
Illegal gambling equipment


Fifty illegal gambling machines have also been confiscated with a cash amount of R3000.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the collaborative efforts by the teams involved. The suspects are expected to appear before Phalaborwa Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 28 July.  

A Foreign National shopkeeper has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl at his Tuck shop in Selwane village in Lulekani outside Phalaborwa. The incident took place on Thursday, 20 July 2023.

According to the reports received, the child had been sent to the shop at about 15h00 to buy some items. The suspect aged 18 allegedly threatened and raped her on top of a fridge.

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The devastated child reported the incident to her family when she arrived home and the Police were immediately contacted. A case of rape was opened and transferred to the FCS Unit for further investigation. The suspect was arrested at the shop within a few hours of the incident.

Phalaborwa Shopkeeper arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl at his Tuck shop
Shopkeeper arrested


Limpopo Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe condemned the incident. She praised the child for her bravery and ensured this shameless individual is exposed for his devious acts.

“Crimes against women and children have always been a priority to the South African Police Service. The swift action of our members in arresting the suspect is highly commendable,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect will appear before the Lulekani Magistrate’s Court on Monday 24 July. He is also facing a charge of rape.

The Police in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa are appealing to the community for assistance in locating a 30-year-old missing male person. Masilo Bopape residing at Namakgale Location was last seen by his stepfather on Friday, 2 June 2023 at about 07:30.

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An Inquest docket was opened on Saturday 17 June 2023 at Namakgale Police Station, Limpopo. This is after Masilo’s girlfriend was found dead at their residence since Masilo was missing. It is not known what he was wearing during the disappearance.

A woman's body found at the home of her missing male partner in Namakgale, Phalaborwa 
Masilo Bopape


Searches were conducted on his relatives, friends and surrounding areas without success.

Anyone with information that can assist to reunite Masilo with his family may contact the Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Mmabore Malesa at 0837210667. Alternatively, report to the nearest Police Station or Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or share it on MySAPSApp. Police investigations are continuing.  

A Traffic officer attached to the Phalaborwa Traffic Station in Mopani, Limpopo was killed after being knocked down by a car while on duty. According to the reports, a Nissan LDV Breakdown knocked down the Traffic while she was doing point duty at the scene of an accident.

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The incident happened along the R71, Gravelotte road next to Kolobe Lodge on Thursday morning, 15 June 2023.

The cause for the accident could have been brake failures and overspeeding of the breakdown recovery vehicle. The deceased has been identified as a 36-year-old female Traffic Officer, Itani Robinah Ravele.

On-duty Limpopo Traffic officer killed by speeding car
Phalaborwa Town


Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has sent her heartfelt condolences to the Ravele family. Ravele has been described as someone who served the Department with integrity and commitment to keep the people safe on the roads.

“We urge everyone to take extra precautions during this long weekend and follow the rules of the road,” said Radzilani.

“We also encourage everyone to continue treating our Traffic
Officers with respect and always follow their instructions on the roads,” she said