By Angie Nkuna
Polokwane- The Intelligence-driven joint operation in the Lephalale Cluster composed of various Police Units led to the arrest of two (02) suspects aged 18 and 20 for a series of violent and serious crimes.
The operation followed the suspects around the clock since Friday morning until they tracked them down at two separate areas outside Lephalale.
“During the arrest, one of the suspects was found in possession of the ignition keys of the victim’s car and later, the victim’s car was found abandoned in bushes near Marken.
“The arrest emanated from the incident that occurred on Friday, when the suspects broke into a rented place of the victim (28) who is a female Educator in a high school near Marken, while she was sleeping. They tied her, loaded her inside the boot of her car and drove away with her.
“The Police were notified, the investigations and manhunt ensued immediately until the victim was later found dumped in the bushes along the road to Bakenburg outside Mokopane and she was immediately taken to hospital for medical treatment.
“The preliminary Police investigations have since revealed that the two suspects involved in this chain of crime incidents are well known to the victim as she previously taught them at the same school and they are also staying in this village.
“It was also detected that the suspects made turns in gang raping the victim and dumped her still tied in the bushes before they fled the scene with her motor vehicle VW Polo.
“The Police opened cases of housebreaking with intent to commit crime, kidnapping, armed robbery and rape. The suspects will appear before the local Magistrate court soon.
“The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has applauded the Cluster Commander of Lephalale Brigadier Masia and his Team for a remarkable job well done for solving this complicated matter within 24 hours. The Police investigations are still continuing.” said Moatshe Ngoepe.