Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been busted in Limpopo. thus forestalling a potential increase of crime.
South Africa police Service SAPS have shut down several shebeens, confiscated thousands of rands worth of alcohol, and arrested over 160 illegal immigrants.
According to Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe the Limpopo police commissioner Lt-Gen Nneke Jim Ledwaba, deputy provincial commissioners, unit heads, and policing cluster commanders were out in full force taking a lead during the joint operation.
Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo said on Saturday no stone will be left unturned to ensure a safe festive season for people in the province.
“This area in the Musina policing area constitutes about 90% of crimes our members respond to, hence we have placed roadblocks here today (Saturday).”
Undocumented foreign nationals were arrested between Musina and the Beitbridge border post in Limpopo.
Stop and search operations were conducted, led by the provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba.
Several other shebeens were shut down during another operation, also in the same area, for failing to comply with liquor trade regulations.
“Some shops did not have licences to trade, hence we closed them down.. and we have confiscated liquor worth thousands of rands in the process,” said Mojapelo.
Police also urged motorists who will be using the N1 North between Pretoria and Musina to only stop at designated or safe areas, citing prevalent robberies which occur along the stretch of road.
This arrest is coming few months after 927 alleged criminals were arrested, a dozen illegal firearms were confiscated, and various suspected stolen goods recovered during South African Police Service (SAPS) operations in Limpopo earlier in June.
The operations were Intelligence-driven and included roadblocks, stop-and-searches, and raids on illegal liquor outlets.
A total of 927 suspects, aged between 18 and 49, were arrested for various offences, including assault, theft, housebreaking, murder, illegal immigration, armed robbery, possession of drugs, and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, Ngoepe said.
In the Maake policing area at Tzaneen, three men were arrested for the rape and robbery of a 68-year-old woman. In the Lephalale policing cluster, a 20-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of 68 sachets of nyaope and a dagga, while in the Bela Bela cluster, five suspects, aged between 26 and 31, were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property, murder, and business robbery.
In the Burgersfort policing cluster, two suspects, aged 31 and 36, were arrested for a series of businesses burglaries and a large amount of suspected stolen property was recovered.
Items recovered during the operations included 12 illegal firearms, ammunition and magazines, nyaope and dagga, seven suspected stolen motor vehicles, 20 cellphones, two plasma TVs, a tractor, laptops, car radios, rolls of copper wire, computers and household appliances, garden equipment, cash, airtime vouchers, and cigarettes, Ngoepe said.
Altogether 4099 people and 1484 vehicles were searched, 126 cars were tested, 38 petrol stations were visited, 46 banks were visited, 47 houses were searched, two compounds were visited, and 36 shebeens were raided.
Eleven shopping malls and 20 minibus taxi ranks were visited, as well as national key points, ATMs, and businesses. The arrested suspects would appear in various magistrate’s courts across the province soon, Ngoepe said.