The Cluster Commander of Brits, Major General Modisagaarekwe Mosimanegape, welcomed the apprehension of six suspects for alleged involvement in a series of serious crimes that were committed around Makapanstad, Klipgat and Cyferskuil.
Emmanuel Mmiroa(29),Namu Mangani(33), Tshegofatso Sithole(26), Bashit Abil, Tsietsi Mashalo(27), Cornelias Mmiroa(31) and Johannes Mzwakhe Khumalo(36) appeared before Moretele and Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ courts today on Friday, 12 April 2019, for murder, house robbery, business robbery, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition as well as possession of suspected stolen property.
Maria Nkabinde of the South African Police Services in Makapanstad Police Station said the suspects were arrested during an intelligence driven operation by the Brits Cluster Crime Intelligence, Trio Crimes Task Team and the Operational Crime Combatting Unit (OCCU) on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, at about 17:10.
According to information available at this stage, police acted on information received about a wanted suspect for alleged business robbery, house robbery and murder that were committed during April 2019.
The operation proceeded to a residential home at Newstand section in Motla Township where a suspect was arrested for the alleged possession of an unlicensed firearm and suspected stolen property. Preliminary investigation revealed that he is linked with numerous cases that were committed around Makapanstad.
The operation then proceeded to Unit R in Mabopane where a second suspect was found at a home which was searched. The search led to the discovery of a revolver and two rounds of ammunition.
A third suspect was apprehended at Hillside section in Klipgat, after his house was searched and a laptop and a 9 mm pistol with two rounds were found by police.
A fourth suspect was arrested after the operation proceeded to Newstand section at Klipgat. A tuck shop was searched and resulted in the discovery of a black revolver with magazines and six rounds of ammunition. This suspect was apprehended for possession of unlicensed firearm.
The tireless efforts by the police yielded positive results with the apprehension of two more suspects at separate residential places in Klipgat for possession of unlicensed firearm.
The police further closed the net on trio crimes as members proceeded to another house at Block U in Mabopane, whereby a seventh suspect which was 36 years-old and a wanted suspect, linked with an alleged house robbery that was committed in March 2017 at Cyferskuil, was accosted.
The recovered items included jewellery, a digital camera, a laptop and a stolen firearm, which were positively identified by the owners.
Major General Mosimanegape emphasized that the police will pull al strands to ensure that perpetrators who are involved in trio crimes face the full wrath of the law. He further added that the men and women in blue are mandated by their call of service to remove unlawful firearms from society as they are primarily used in the commission of serious crimes.