By: Otto Ngoveni
GIYANI – 3 Suspects arrested in connection with the trio syndicate of armed robbery in Giyani CBD appeared before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and they were denied bail and their cases were postponed to Monday the 15th of January 2018 for bail application and for further Police investigations as these suspects are currently charged with business robberies, house robberies, armed robberies and possession of unlicensed firearms.
The 3 arrested suspects were identified as Sibusiso Shamase aged 35, Congo Calvin Mabunda aged 37 and Sticks Nkuna aged 46.
Members of the Community in the Giyani area have been subjected to a reign of terror by a group of criminals who were targeting them from different banks within the Giyani CBD.
According to a statement released by the Limpopo provincial police’s spokesperson Lt. Col. Moatshe Ngoepe, Victims were often followed after withdrawing money from the banks in the area and when arriving at their homes, these criminals would then pounce on them and rob them cash amount of money at gunpoint.
“Following a number of reports which were launched since October 2017 with similar modus operandi, a Dedicated Team of Police Detectives led by Colonel Chris Mabasa was established and the initial investigations ensued.” Said Ngoepe.
Since the inception of the team of detectives, investigations were up and running around the clock until the breakthrough come along on the 6th of January 2018 when two suspects were arrested during a robbery in progress next to one of the banks in the Giyani CBD and on the following day, the third suspect was then arrested.
Furthermore, the case dockets which were opened, shows that the total amount of money robbed from the individual members of the community is R3.7 million and more cases are still being reported which will increase this amount.
During the arrest, two unlicensed firearms were recovered.
“Anyone who became a victim of this syndicate, may go to Giyani Police Station or the nearest Police Station or may call Colonel Chris Mabasa at 082 469 0739 as a matter of URGENCY.” Concluded Ngoepe
The Police investigation is continuing.