A speeding motorist killed four construction workers, along the N11, at Ga-Mashikiri in the Waterberg District, Limpopo on Monday. According to reports a light Motor Vehicle, an Opel Astra sedan, knocked down the construction workers, while they were busy with the road construction.

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Speeding and reckless driving has been stated as a possible cause of the accident. The four construction workers perished on the scene, while the other two were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

The driver of the Astra sedan has also been rushed to a hospital for medical attention. A case of culpable homicide is opened.

Construction workers killed by a motorist along the N11 in Limpopo
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS KILLED BY A SPEEDING MOTORIST ON THE N11 AT GA-MASHIKIRI

Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani, has expressed shock over the incident.  

MEC Radzilani has also sent messages of condolences to the bereaved families and wishes the survivor a speedy recovery.

“We urge drivers to exercise extra caution when approaching construction sites. As contractors at repairing and renovating roads throughout the province, please pay attention to any warning signs and obey instructions,” said MEC Radzilani.

On Sunday, five members of a family were killed in a horrible accident on the R101, Mookgophong. They were travelling from Limpopo to North West.

Rapist Abel Sello Lefoane [36] who terrorised women in Vaalwater and Lephalale in the Waterberg district between 2007 and 2016 has been sentenced to 25 years in jail. 

The Division of Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Tuesday sentenced convicted Lefoane to an effective 25 years imprisonment. This is for five counts of rape, two counts of business robbery and one count of common robbery. 

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The rape victims were aged between 13 and 29. He allegedly targeted his victims while walking alone and threatened them with a knife. In another incident, he also used a firearm.

Lefoane’s reign of terror commenced in 2015 when he raped a 14-year-old girl who was returning from a local shop. He threatened her with a knife and dragged her to his house. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. 

In the same period, he raped a 15-year-old girl who was returning from school using the same modus operandi. The ordeal occurred in the bushes. He was also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Waterberg rapist sentenced to 25 years imprisonment 
Crime Scene Waterberg

The third incident occurred in Lephalale, where he threatened a 29-year-old woman with a firearm and knife, forced her into the bushes, and raped her. He then robbed her of cash and two cell phones on count three [rape]. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and count 4 [common robbery], 15 years imprisonment.

On count 5, the accused was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for raping a 15-year-old girl in Vaalwater in 2016.

He was also sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for raping a 13-year-old girl in Vaalwater while collecting berries in the nearby bushes.

In addition to the rape charges, the accused was convicted of two counts of burglary business that took place separately in Vaalwater between 2007 and 2008. He broke into a coffee and gift shop and stole a substantial amount of money. Counts 7 and 8, he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment each. 

A RAPIST IN THE WATERBERG DISTRICT SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IMPRISONMENT 

The accused was subsequently arrested in August 2022 through DNA. This follows a lengthy and meticulous investigation carried out by Warrant Officer Ciska Kruger attached to the Modimolle Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, who also successfully opposed bail. 

The court ordered counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 to run concurrently with count 6. The accused will therefore serve an effective 25 years imprisonment.

Limpopo Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Jan Scheepers has hailed all the role players for the excellent work of ensuring Justice is served.

An Uncle [40] has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the Regional Court in Modimolle, Limpopo for the rape of his seven-year-old niece.

The Court heard that the accused raped the girl at Smashhoek Informal Settlement in the Waterberg District in June 2019. It is reported that the victim was called by her uncle in the afternoon to come to his room which is opposite her residence.

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The incident happened during a family gathering ceremony that was hosted a few houses from the Crime Scene.

The victim went to the accused room and upon arrival, the accused closed the door and raped her. The minor child was later released by the accused but she did not report or inform anyone about the ordeal.

Reports indicate that the neighbour of the accused saw the victim entering and became suspicious when she realized that the child spent a long time inside the room and informed her aunt.

The child was interrogated and she revealed that she was feeling pain in the stomach and genitals. The victim was immediately transported to the local hospital for medical examination. It was later confirmed that she has been raped.

The matter was immediately reported at the Northam Police Station and a rape case was opened. A massive manhunt for the suspect was then launched. The accused was subsequently arrested the very same day by members of the community at Smashhoek Informal Settlement. He was handed to the Police.

MODIMOLLE MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE OF HIS NIECE

The case was transferred to the Thabazimbi Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) for further investigations.

Furthermore, the accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. His particulars are to be included in the National Register for Sexual Offenders.

“I appreciate the sterling work that was displayed by the Police and other stakeholders involved to ensure that perpetrators are continuously rooted out of the Society. For the safety and comfort of the inhabitants of this Province,” said Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

A Vehicle accident on the R101 Sterkrivier Cross in the Waterberg District, Limpopo claimed seven lives on Sunday.

According to the report, a Polo hatchback sedan collided head-on with a Mercedes Benz sedan. Both drivers and five other people perished on the scene.

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Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has sent her condolences to the families.

MEC Radzilani has also raised serious concerns about the number of fatal accidents that are reported during weekends in Limpopo.

“The number of fatal accidents happening during weekends is of great concern,” she said.

R101 Vehicle accident in Waterberg claims seven lives
Accident on the R101 claimed seven lives

“Every week, we receive reports of fatal accidents during the weekends. Especially during early hours in the morning or later at night.

HORRIBLE ACCIDENT ON THE R101 IN WATERBERG

“This clearly indicates to us that people should practice taking regular breaks and ensure that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition before they embark on their trips,” said MEC Radzilani.

Police in Tuinplaas in the Waterberg District, launched a Manhunt for two suspects involved in cash-in-transit heist along R33 -Marble Hall Settlers T- junction. The incident took place on Monday, 8 May 2023 at about 18:30 in Limpopo.

According to reports, the driver of the cash-in-transit vehicle allegedly stopped at a T-junction with a view to turning to Marble Hall direction. Suddenly a silver Grey Fortuner came from Settlers road and stopped in front of his vehicle. Two African males alighted from the vehicle and started shooting at him.

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He continued driving towards Marble Hall direction. But stopped a few meters away because his tyrės were damaged from the shooting. He subsequently jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the bushes with his crew.

Moments later, the truck was blasted and caught fire. It is not clear at this stage whether the suspects took the money or not. Though one bag was found next to the road.

HEIST IN MARBLE HALL

No one was injured in the incident. Further information is that a van was found burning on the same road not far from the CIT scene. It is not known at this stage whether it is connected to the incident or not.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers urges the members of the public who might have witnessed the incident or have any information that can help police in apprehending suspects to come forward.

“These criminal elements have no regard for human life. They must be arrested to face the full might of the law,” said Major General Scheepers.

Anyone with information that assists police in capturing the suspects is requested to contact Lt Col Justice Ngobeni on the number 082 565 8326 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police or MysapsApp.

Police in Mokopane have tactically traced and subsequently arrested three Limpopo men for stolen property in the early hours of Thursday, 27 April. 

The SAPS in the Waterberg District followed up on information about the four Foreign Nationals. They are involved in numerous cases of business burglaries and robberies around the Mokopane industrial area. 

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The three suspects aged 25, 33 and 37 were spotted in Sekgakgapeng just outside Mokopane while at their residential premises. A search for illegal items and properties was conducted upon arrival by the police. This led to suspected stolen property recovered. These include 2 x Plasmas, 8 x Motor vehicle batteries. 1 x Generator machine, 2 x Welding machines, 4 x Grinding machines, 4 x Drilling machines. 11 x Safety boots, 2 x Torchlights and 1 x CCTV camera totaling a value of R200.000,00. 

Three Limpopo men arrested for stolen property
Three Limpopo men arrested for stolen property

The recovered properties were all positively linked to a few incidents of business burglaries and robberies that occurred between March and April 2023 period. They were also reported at Mokopane Police Station. 

MEN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN PROPERTY

Investigations revealed that other properties were already sent to their families in Zimbabwe by cross border delivery truck. A search for the fourth male suspect is still underway. 

The suspects are expected to appear before Mokopane Magistrate’s Court soon in the week facing charges of business burglaries and robberies as well as possession of suspected stolen goods including the contravention of the immigration act, for illegally being in the Country. 

A motorist was shot dead while his brother was wounded during a shootout with unknown suspects on the N1 Bela-Bela in Limpopo on Monday. It is alleged that two brothers aged 34 and 50 were traveling along the N1 South Freeway in a black Opel Corsa motor vehicle on Monday, 17 April 2023 at about 22:30.

Their vehicle was hit by an unknown object next to Mantsole Weigh Bridge in the Waterberg District. They stopped the vehicle and alighted to check its condition and that is when they realized that two of the tyres were spiked and that they couldn’t proceed with their journey.

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They decided to change the tyres and while they were busy. A group of people came from the bushes and started insulting and shooting at them. They retaliated by shooting back and the suspects subsequently fled the scene without taking anything from them but two sustained injuries on the upper body.

The Police and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were summoned to the scene. Both victims were taken to a local hospital where the 50-year-old brother succumbed to his injuries. On arrival while the 34-year-old was admitted for medical attention. The deceased who was a driver of the motor vehicle was identified as Herman Ramollo (50). A a resident of Diepsloot, Gauteng province.

Limpopo Motorist shot dead on the N1 in Bela-Bela
Limpopo Motorist shot dead on the N1 in Bela-Bela

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The Police have since launched a Manhunt for the unknown suspects. They ae responsible for the murder and attempted murder of the two.

Police in Bela-Bela call on community members to assist with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects. They are belived to have been involved in the murder and attempted murder of two brothers. The armed robbery occurred along the N1 Freeway between Lehau and Mantsole.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers is calling upon motorists to be cautious. When experiencing problems with their cars motorists are advised to preferably stop at public places where they can get assistance.

Anyone with information that can assist police with investigations should contact the Investigating Officer Lieutenant Colonel Annamarie Smith at 082 319 9336. Crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or MySAPSApp.

SAPS in Mookgophong in Waterberg District, Limpopo have arrested a 20-year-old woman in connection with the brutal murder of her alleged 25-year-old husband.

The incident took place on the farm, Cruisfontein outside Mookgophong on Monday at about 05:00 in the morning.

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It is alleged that in the morning in question, the 20-year-old lady and her 25-year-old husband were asleep when they had a heated argument.

According to the Information, the suspect (wife) accused her husband (deceased) of having an affair. She allegedly stabbed her husband with a sharp object on the upper body.

Limpopo Woman arrested for brutal murder of her husband
Limpopo Woman arrested for brutal murder of her husband

The victim who is a Foreign national was taken to hospital where he was certified dead on arrival. The suspect, a 20-year-old who is also a Foreign national, was arrested.

WOMAN NABBED FOR HUSBAND BRUTAL MURDER

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the incident.

“People experiencing relationship challenges are urged to seek professional assistance,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect will appear before Mookgophong Magistrate Court soon on a Charge of Murder.

A foreign national was arrested after he allegedly attempted to bribe a Police Sergeant at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Thursday. 

The Sergeant forms part of a team that investigates illegal mining activities. The team recently confiscated and impounded a truck with two trailers. It was allegedly involved in illegal mining at Northam in the Waterberg District.

FOREIGN NATIONAL BRIBES COP 

The suspect allegedly approached the member and offered to pay him an amount of R6 000.00 to release the truck.

He was immediately arrested after paying the said amount.

The suspect will appear in Polokwane magistrate court on Thursday. 

Five people were killed and two were critically injured in a head-on collision on the N1 South Limpopo near Middelfontein in Waterberg district on Friday.

It is alleged that a Toyota SUV got a tyre burst and collided head-on with an oncoming mini Cooper and Hyundai SUV.

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Four people were killed instantly on impact and the fifth died on the way to the hospital. Four of the deceased were in the Avanza and the fifth victim was in the Mini Cooper.

FIVE PEOPLE KILLED ON THE N1 IN LIMPOPO 

The N1 is currently closed between the Kranskop toll Plaza and Middlefontein. Vehicles are now diverted to the R101.