Five suspects are due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday after being nabbed for their alleged involvement in the spate of armed robberies and serious crimes along the R80 (Mabopane) Highway.

Brigadier Mathapelo , police spokesperson said an intelligence-driven operation on Wednesday led police to the suspect’s hideout in Marabastad, where three suspects were arrested. The other two suspects were already in custody after their arrests in May and August.

She said “The centralisation of related dockets from Hercules and Akasia to district level, followed by the meticulous analysis of the modus operandi and co-operation from the victims, saw the five suspects linked to cases which include a September Akasia case of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder, and a number of other serious and violent crimes, mostly armed robberies and robbery with a weapon other than a firearm. Investigations continue as police believe more victims could still come forward, while also not ruling out the possibility of more arrests”.

Peters further said that “Police wish to emphasise to mountain users, be it for hiking and cycling, spiritual activities or any other reason, to exercise greater caution and not expose themselves to criminals who see anything as an opportunity for crime”.

She added that “Should there be a need to visit the area, users are urged to rather do so in groups and to avoid embarking on any activities at night.” Police remained on alert in the area. The heightened visibility and crime prevention operations in the area will continue for as long as is necessary.”