The Saps Provincial Tracking Team led an Intelligence driven joint operation that was activated soon after an ATM bombing that took place in the early hours of today, 28 October 2020 at Mahlakung mall in Ga-Sekororo village in the Maake policing area outside Tzaneen. Three suspects were arrested.
It is alleged that a group of about ten(10) suspects entered the premises and one of them pointed a security officer who was on duty with a firearm and covered him with a cloth on his face.The suspects then forced him to the ATMs and on arrival, they blasted two of them and drop safes.They then proceeded to a cellphone store and blasted a drop safe too.The suspects managed to take an undisclosed amount of cash before they fled the scene.
Police were notified and the Provincial Tracking Team joined by other operational teams including Polokwane Air-wing, Limpopo Highway Patrol Team and the Provincial Investigation Unit supported by the private security of Wllkie K9 Unit, Hoedspruit farm watch and Letaba Security, started tracing the suspects.
Three suspects including two women, were arrested at a house in Worcester village few kilometers from the crime scene. During the arrest, police confiscated explosives believed to have been used during the blasts, two getaway vehicles(Mercedez Benz and Toyota Avanza), balaclavas and hand gloves.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended these Teams of members for their speedy reaction which led to the arrest of these criminals within a short space of time.
“We also applaud members of the community for their continuous support in fighting crime through the supply of quality and reliable information at all times,” concluded General Ledwaba.
The three suspects are expected to appear before the Lenyenye Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of ATM bombing and Contravention of the explosives Act.
Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects, may contact Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane on 079 894 5501 or Detective Sergeant Phaladi Makola on 082 749 2233 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.
The Police investigations are still continuing.