In a concerted effort to fight incidents of trio crimes, the Police conducted an Intelligence driven Operation yesterday, 25 August 2017, at Bolobedu South outside Tzaneen that led to the recovery of an arms cache and other items. The operation comprised members of the Provincial Tracking Team and the Tzaneen Cluster Trio Crime Task Team and was conducted following the spate of farm attacks which were committed recently in and around the Tzaneen Cluster.
During this operation, five (05) suspects aged between 24 and 55 who are residents of Ga-Kubjana and Relela villages near Tzaneen, were arrested and the following were recovered:
Fourteen (14) rifles.
Two (02) pistols.
318 rounds of ammunition for different calibres.
These firearms were found buried in the yard of one of the suspects’s home. Preliminary investigations point to the possibility that these suspects might be connected to a series of farm attacks in the area and more arrests are expected.
The suspects will appear before the Tzaneen Magistrate Court on Monday on various offences ranging from house robberies to possession of firearms and ammunition without license.
The Police investigations are still continuing.
The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended this Team of Police Officers for the determination manifested during this operation. The discovery of these firearms and the arrests that were made, will go a long way in reducing the levels of crime, especially violent crimes.