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11 Feb 2021
10:37 am

Police arrest gang suspected of preying on Univen students

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The men have been positively linked to over 40 serious and violent crimes committed in the Vhembe district, says the police.

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The police have welcomed the arrest of three hardened criminals who terrorised communities within the Vhembe district.

The trio was arrested on Wednesday during an intelligence-driven operation which comprised members of the Vhembe District Task Team, Thohoyandou Crime Intelligence Unit, Thohoyandou Tactical Response Team (TRT), Vhembe First Responders and Vhembe District Detectives.

Police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe says the police received a tip-off from the community about suspects who were involved in a recent armed robbery in Thohoyandou. The members were activated and the men were traced to their home villages of Phiphidi and Vondo villages and were arrested.

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Preliminary police investigations have linked the suspects to more than 40 serious and violent crimes.

Ngoepe added that these men had are believed to be part of a syndicate that mostly targeted off-campus students from the University of Venda (Univen) and Vhembe TVET college.

“The suspects may still be linked to more other similar cases as profiling is still underway.”

The men are expected to appear in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on charges related to rape, armed robbery, burglary, business and house robbery. Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt Genl Nneke Ledwaba commended the excellent job done by the team of operational members.

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