In an effort to deal with the scourge of crime across the Province and also enforce the Immigration laws, the Police in Limpopo have arrested one thousand and twenty two (1022) undocumented foreign nationals for contravening the Immigration laws and a further one thousand one hundred and thirty (1130) suspects for various crimes.
The arrests were made during the ongoing joint operations that were conducted in all five District between 7 and 9 August 2022.
The 1130 suspects were arrested for various crimes that included murder, attempted murder, rape and other sexual offences, armed robberies, possession of illicit cigarettes, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, theft of motor vehicles, possession of suspected stolen properties and dealing in drugs as well as possession and dealing in dagga.
During the arrests, police seized firearms and ammunition, stolen motor vehicles, drugs such as Crystal meth and CAT, grams of dagga, Nyaope, illicit cigarettes and 18 plants of dagga.
The operational teams included, the Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP), Tactical Response Team, Crime Intelligence, Provincial Organized Crime, detectives from Provincial, District and Station level as well as members attached to police stations across the Province.
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended these teams for their relentless efforts and continuing persistence in endeavoring to rid this Province of any form of criminality.
“As we are in the Women’s month, policewomen at all levels of command are also busy with Operation Basadi, which are simultaneously conducted alongside the ongoing operations and some of these arrests and confiscations are attributable to the women in blue”. Concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.
The suspects, aged between 19 and 61, have already started to appear in different magistrate courts around the Province. The operations are continuing.