Four suspects responsible for the attack on Saps members bust
By GLACIER NKHWASHU
The National Commissioner of the Saps, General Khehla Sitole, has welcomed the arrest of four suspects believed to be part of a group responsible for the attack on police members and a business robbery on the evening of Sunday, 21 June, in Apel, near Lebowakgomo township in Limpopo.
The spokeswoman, Colonel Brenda Muridili, said the Limpopo Provincial Police implemented the 72-hour Activation Plan immediately after the attack on four police members who were on patrol at the Apel shopping centre in two vehicles.
"The members were attacked by the heavily armed suspects who had just robbed a filling station," said Muridili View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
She said three members were wounded and robbed of four firearms and the suspects also made off with undisclosed amount of money which they stole from the filing station. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
She said the three members were hospitalised, two for treatment of gunshot wounds and the other as a result of having been assaulted.
According to the police, two members have since been discharged and the member still in hospital is reported to be in a stable condition. The necessary resources needed to investigate and trace the suspects were mobilised, including the province’s Crime Intelligence members.
In a matter of a few hours after the incident, intelligence led the police to Mohlaletse Village where they initially arrested two suspects and recovered three vehicles.
She said of Thursday morning, Crime Intelligence gave information on the location of two more suspects to the Tracking Team and Highway Patrol.
"The suspects were found at their hideout in Moroke Village in the Mecklenburg policing precinct. During the arrest, the police also recovered three of the firearms which were taken from the police officers during the robbery," she said.
She said the preliminary investigation revealed that those arrested on Thursday, aged 24 and 28, are wanted in connection with several business robberies in both the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. They will be joining their accomplices, 25-year-old Thulani Maseko and Moses Zulu aged 36, who are currently in custody awaiting their formal bail application scheduled for 2 July 2020. Maseko and Zulu have been charged with four counts of attempted murder, robbery of firearms, business robbery and four counts of malicious injury to property.
She said these two suspects will make their first appearance before the court within 48 hours to face the same charges as Maseko and Zulu including an additional charge of contravening the Immigration Act. The investigating team is expecting to make more arrests soon.
The National Commissioner has commended the team for working around the clock to ensure that the people responsible for the attack on police and for the commission of trio crimes in the province are traced and apprehended. “I am glad that four of the people allegedly responsible for undermining the authority of the State are facing the full might of the law. Investigators of this case will be opposing bail in court and they must also not rest until they recover the one remaining firearm”, said General Sitole who also wished the member in hospital a speedy recovery.
Saps encourage anyone with information on crime to contact the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or send tip-offs on MySAPS App. All information received will be treated with confidentiality.