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Help Polokwane police find suspects who stole schoolchildren’s food

Polokwane police are appealing for assistance in tracking down suspects who allegedly stole groceries meant for school nutrition programme from a feeding scheme warehouse.

Lieutenant colonel Mamphaswa Seabi, a Limpopo Police spokesperson, said the owner of the company discovered earlier this month that groceries intended for school nutrition programmes for Mankweng had been stolen from his rented warehouse in Polokwane.

Police were alerted to a case of theft and immediately began investigating.

Lt Col Seabi said that preliminary investigations showed that the groceries were sold to an unknown shop owner.

He said that police followed up on all leads but were unfortunately not able to locate the suspects.

“Police received a complaint on Wednesday at around 7:45 pm about a known male who allegedly ‘committed suicide’ at one of the houses in the same rental complex,” said a police spokesperson.

When police arrived, they found the man hanging from the roof, Lt Col Seabi said. He added  that the man apparently knew something about the stolen groceries and where to find the suspects.

According to Lt Colonel Seabi, the deceased was identified as Ayanda Makgati Mphakane, 34, who was employed as a caretaker at the rented complex.

“As indicated in the initial report, the deceased was not an employee of Klein-Tech feeding scheme Company or related to the owner of the warehouse,” said Lt Col Seabi.

He said the manhunt for the suspect continues.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects should contact the Investigating Officer, Warrant Officer Ringane on 0721706535 or crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or My SAPSApp.

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