Police officers of the Limpopo division investigating a recent outbreak of farm attacks in Tzaneen town have arrested five suspected culprits and also recovered a cache of stolen firearms and ammunition.

Spokesperson of the Limpopo SAPS, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, while speaking to news men revealed that the police received a tip-off from a resident before bombarding the homes of the suspects last week.

According to Lieutenant Ngoepe, “The Provincial Tracking Team and the Tzaneen Cluster Trio Crime Task Team conducted an intelligence driven operation on Thursday at Bolobedu South, outside Tzaneen, leading to the recovery of an arms cache and other items.

“During the operation, five suspects who are residents of Ga-Kubjana and Relela villages near Tzaneen were arrested and taken into police custody”.

“Serial numbers on some of the recovered firearms have identified the weapons and positively link back to at least two separate incidents. Preliminary investigations point to the possibility that these suspects might be connected to a series of farm attacks in the area and more arrests are expected,” Ngoepe added.

He further revealed that two pistols, 14 rifles and 318 rounds of different calibre ammunition were found buried in the yard of one of the suspect’s homes.

The suspects charged of crimes such as house robberies and the possession of firearms and ammunition without a license are scheduled to appear at the Tzaneen Magistrate’s court on Monday.

 

Source:- News24