31 October 2020
PRETORIA – A 36-year-old parolee who was sought for cases of attempted murder, robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Limpopo’s Masemola policing area outside Lebowakgomo has been arrested.
Limpopo police spokesperson, Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the suspect who was released on parol in September, allegedly shot and injured two people that same month in a tavern at Maroge.
“The incident was reported to the police and members of Masemola police station, the SAPS Limpopo Highway Patrol Team joined by the Department of Correctional Services, launched a massive manhunt until the suspect was yesterday cornered and arrested at his home in Mahlakole section,” said Ngoepe.
During the arrest, police recovered a pistol, a magazine and sixteen rounds of ammunition.
He said the suspect, who is believed to be responsible for a series of violent crimes in and around the Limpopo province, may still be linked to other cases including rapes.
Meanwhile, Ngoepe said in unrelated events, two suspects aged 21 and 23, were arrested in Bela-Bela during a sting joint operation comprised of various police units, supported by the local community along the Eerbewoon road in the Modimolle.
“This milestone achievement was made following a business robbery incident that occurred at one of the retail stores in Bela-Bela CBD, on Friday 30 October 2020. It is alleged that four armed suspects attacked this store, robbed them bags full of cell phones and fled the scene with a getaway car,” he said.
“The police were notified and responded accordingly. In the process, the police spotted a suspicious motor vehicle matching the description of the type of the getaway car and gave chase. When these suspects noticed that the police were on their heels, they drove into the nearest resort, abandoned the vehicle and the occupants ran towards different directions on foot leaving the driver behind.”
The two suspects were arrested with the support of the resort residents.
Ngoepe said the two suspects are from Temba in the Hammanskraal area of Gauteng.
“During the arrest, the police confiscated the getaway vehicle and three big bags containing cell phones with the estimated value of over R400 000, believed to be some of the goods robbed from the retail store as mentioned above. The other suspects are still on the run but manhunt is underway,” he said.