The concerted efforts to eradicate the destruction of valuable telecommunication infrastructure led to the recovery of cellphone signal tower batteries worth an estimated value of R180 000-00 in the early hours of Wednesday 2 February 2022, at Ngove village in the Giyani policing area.
Police acted on information received from community members about four men allegedly tampering with cellphone tower batteries with the intention of stealing at the Matungungu Vodacom tower site that is situated in Ngove village.
When the police approached the suspects, they were met by a hail of bullets and there was an exchange of gunfire. One suspect was fatally wounded and three ran towards different direction while shooting at the police.
The three stolen tower batteries were recovered at the scene. Cases of inquest, attempted murder and tampering with essential infrastructure were opened.
The deceased suspect is unknown at this stage but police investigations are ongoing.
The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has applauded the police for their swift reaction that disrupted the suspects.
The hunt for the remaining suspects continues and anyone with information may contact Detective Warrant Officer Morris Maswanganyi on 0825656491 or Crime Stop number 0860010111 or nearest police.