A joint intelligence driven operation in Limpopo led to the arrest of 1317 suspects throughout the province.

The operation followed the national launch of Operation Safer Festive Season in October this year.

Limpopo cops spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe said the operations are focusing on areas where trio crimes, serious and violent crimes are prevalent in all the Clusters through stop and searches, roadblocks, raiding of illegal businesses including the liquor outlets, tracing of wanted suspects and visible policing patrols in the shopping malls and centres.

He said since the launch of the operation a total of 1317 suspects between the ages of 19 and 56 were arrested for a series of crimes ranging from housebreaking and theft, theft of motor vehicle, carjacking, house robberies, business robberies, stock theft to possession of firearms and ammunition without licence and stolen properties

Ngoepe said since the start of the operation, they were able to confiscate 12 firearms, 6 rifles, 67 ammunition, 33 cars, 36 cell phones, 21 cattle , four goats and four TVs.

“An assortment of items such as: IT equipment, music systems, generators, computers, copper cables, balaclavas and R150 000 worth of other goods stolen during burglary business and residential were also recovered,” he said.

These operations will still be hitting the Limpopo streets beyond the coming festive season holidays with the increased workforce from all the SAPS components including the Support Services.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended all members involved in these operations. He assured the communities of Limpopo a safe and secure festive period and urged everyone to continue supporting the police by providing quality and reliable information at all times.

Source: Dailysun