Police trace and arrest suspects for a spate of crimes

Police trace and arrest suspects for a spate of crimes
Police trace and arrest suspects for a spate of crimes. Image source: Pixabay

A multi-disciplinary team comprising of the Rustenburg Tactical Response Team (TRT), Phokeng Crime Prevention and detectives conducted a tactical operation, which resulted in the arrest of four men in connection with a spate of crimes committed around Freedom Park in Phokeng near Rustenburg.

The team received and operationalised information on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, about the most wanted suspect. According to information, the suspect was relocating from Freedom Park to Kanana in an apparent attempt to evade arrest for the crimes he allegedly committed in the area. Thus, an observation was kept on the relocation process and the suspect was eventually cornered and apprehended at a certain yard in Kanana. In the process, the Police searched and confiscated a 9mm firearm loaded with eight ammunition, which was found hidden in the luggage. Further search led to the discovery of 18 different ammunition. As result, Victor Kefuoe Tsoloane AKA Kajibane (34) and his accomplices Ofentse Pule (26), Dimpho David Mofokeng (29) and Mpho Lisenyane (18) were arrested and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

They appeared before the Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court in Tlhabane yesterday. However, three of them; Pule, Mofokeng and Lisenyane were acquitted from all the charges while Tsoloane was remanded in custody and is expected to appear again on Monday, 02 October 2023, before the same court on two charges of murder, which were allegedly committed in February this year and earlier this month respectively.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, lauded the police and members of community who came forward with the information that led to these arrests. General Kwena reiterated that police will be relentless when conducting their duties to ensure that perpetrators of this heinous crimes are brought to book.

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