Update: A Mozambican national, Joao Antonio Lucas, 38, arrested in connection with alleged armed robbery at the private residence of Lephalale Local Municipality mayor was for the second time denied bail by the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
He was remanded into custody during his first court appearance on February 18, 2021.
The matter was further delayed to March 1, 2021, pending police investigations.
The suspect was arrested within 72 hours at his hideout in Springs, Gauteng following a robbery together with his five accomplices at Lephalale local municipality mayor Jack Maeko’s private residence in Moong village, Ga-Seleka on February 14, 2021.
Limpopo Police Spokesperson, Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed one of the six suspects was arrested at his hideout in Gauteng in connection with the robbery which took place at one of the Waterberg Local Municipality mayors houses on Sunday, February 14, at 20h00, saying a manhunt is underway to arrest the remaining five suspects.
“It is alleged, four unidentified armed men in the company of two women in three cars, stopped at the gate manned by a security guard, and demanded to see the mayor.
Before he could respond, they attacked and forced him into the house.
They tied him up along with the other people they found inside before searching the residence,” Colonel Ngoepe said, adding that the thieves left with a white Toyota Fortuner, a navy-blue VW Polo and an unidentified car that was found parked in a backyard.
The robbers also drove off with a Toyota Legend 45. But police found it abandoned along Lebu road, formerly Roborooi near Tomburke outside Lephalale.
Ngoepe said a navy-blue VW Polo sedan used as one of the getaway cars by the robbery was confiscated during the arrest in Gauteng .
Colonel Ngoepe said the injured security guard was taken to hospital with serious injuries for medical treatment.
Manhunt for the remaining five accomplices is still underway and anyone with information that can lead to their arrest, may contact Colonel Malesela Mogale at 071 479 2329 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.