The Police in Limpopo has recovered fifteen illegal guns and ammunition at different locations during joint operations conducted throughout the province since the past week until Monday, the 5th of October.
The firearms will be subjected to ballistic examinations to discover if they were involved in the commission of severe and brutal crimes.
These procedures also led to the capture of 1578 suspects aged between 21 and 47.
The suspects were detained for several offenses ranging from conspiracy to perform business thievery, cash in transit (CIT) robberies, possession of illicit cigarettes, bribery, illegal immigration, possession of drugs, dagga, murder, attempted murder, burglaries, rape, sexual assault, assault GBH, assault common, sexual offenses, stock theft, arson, shoplifting, drug-related crime, driving under the influence of liquor, illegal dealing of alcohol, unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition and transporting dangerous weapons.
Through some of these arrests, members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol Unit caught three suspects at ga-Masemola on Wednesday, the 30th of September, at about 18:00 for possession of drugs.
All three suspects were found to be out on bail after being previously arrested for armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms. An additional charge of bribery was combined after one of the suspects took out R1000 and tried to bribe the members.
On Monday, the police in Malamulele in the Vhembe District prevented a planned business theft and detained three suspects. The suspects had already tied up a security officer at a business complex when the police arrived. They were promptly arrested, and two guns, ammunition, grinding tools, a crowbar, a motor vehicle, and overalls were seized.
The operations comprised members from various SAPS units, including Limpopo Highway Patrol, Crime Intelligence Unit, Tactical Response Team (TRT), tracking team, and crime prevention members.
During the operations, police also confiscated 4573 illicit cigarettes, 24 dangerous weapons, 1443 grams of dagga, 36 grams of nyaope drugs, 42 knives, and 302ml bottles of liquor 1265 fines issued.
Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, the Provincial Commissioner of Police, praised the multiple Teams for their combined efforts in fighting crime across the region.
The detained individuals are required to appear before the various magistrate courts across the province soon.