By Angie Nkuna
Giyani- In a concerted effort by the Police in Limpopo Province to fight incidents of serious and violent crimes, including TRIO crimes head-on, the joint operations composed of various Police Units in partnership with the Community Based Crime Prevention Structures continue to yield positive and meaningful results.
Following the killing of the High School Educator Thomas Ngobeni (52) from Nwa-Makena village outside Giyani town, the suspects were spotted by the community in the Namakgale just outside Phalaborwa town and subsequently, an intensive joint operation composed of the Saps Namakgale, Rhino 9 Task Team and the Phalaborwa CPF, was immediately activated and started tracing the suspects involved in this matter.
L.T. Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe says during this operation, four (04) suspects aged between 27 and 42 were cornered and arrested in the Namakgale Policing area outside Phalaborwa.
“One of these suspects was found to be the most wanted suspect in a series of serious and violent crimes such as house robberies, farm attacks, murders in the Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa, escaping from lawful custody at Bushbuckridge Police Station in the Mpumalanga Province and for business robberies in the Namakgale, Maake and Tzaneen Policing areas.
“The suspects were ultimately linked to the Giyani murder incident and the following items were recovered during their arrests :
01 x motor vehicle which believed to be the one highjacked from the deceased,
three (03) firearms and
34 x live ammunition.
“The arrest of these suspects emanated from the incident which occurred at Mashavele village just outside Giyani town where this educator attached to Mbangezika High School at Shikukwani village was found dead in the bushes and the school examination papers lying next to his body.
“The suspects will first appear before the Namakgale Magistrate Court on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without license and possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle.
“Later, they will appear before the Giyani Magistrate Court on charges of murder and carjacking.
“The Saps Provincial Commissioner Lt. General Nneke Ledwaba has commended all the Police Officers and other role players who participated during this operation for the job well done.
“The General has reiterated his strong warning to all the criminals out there that Limpopo cannot be turned into their playground.
“We are equal to the task as the Police and members of the community must continue supporting us through a partnership Policing and with the supply of quality and reliable information about any criminal activity occurring around their areas in order for us to deal with them successfully, concluded General Ledwaba.
“The Police investigations are still continuing,” concluded Ngoepe.