Five alleged armed robbers have been arrested and a large quantity of firearms and ammunition seized in the Tzaneen area, Limpopo police said on Saturday.
In a concerted effort to fight incidents of trio crimes, which include carjacking, robberies at residential premises, and business robberies, police conducted an Intelligence-driven operation at Bolobedu South at Tzaneen that led to the recovery of an arms cache and other items, Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said.
The operation comprised of members of the provincial tracking team and the Tzaneen policing cluster trio crimes task team, and was conducted following the spate of recent farm attacks in and around the Tzaneen cluster.
During this operation, five suspects, aged between 24 and 55, all residents of Ga-Kubjana and Relela villages near Tzaneen, were arrested. Firearms recovered included 14 rifles, two pistols, and 318 round of various calibre ammunition.
“These firearms were found buried in the yard of one of the suspects’ 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 would appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Monday on various offences ranging from house robberies to possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. The investigation was continuing, Ngoepe said.
Limpopo police commissioner Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba commended the police officers for their determination “manifested during this operation”. The discovery of these firearms and the arrests that were made would go a long way in reducing levels of crime, especially violent crimes, Ledwaba said.
– African News Agency (ANA)