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Police are tracing the remaining suspects involved in a robbery at Maeko’s house

Nthabiseng Rosina Lerumo is being sought by the police to assist in the investigation of an armed robbery that occurred at the private residence of the Mayor of Lephalale Local Municipality.

Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, a spokesperson for the Limpopo Police, said Lerumo (46), believed to be from Gauteng, should report to the Lephalale Police Station or the nearest cop shop.

The robbery took place at the home of Lephalale Local Municipality Mayor, Jack Maeko, at Moong village, Ga-Seleka outside Lephalale on Sunday, February 14, 2021, around 8 p.m., according to a police investigation.

Colonel Ngoepe said four armed men and two women went to the mayor’s house and demanded to see him.

“Before the guard manning the gate could respond, the suspects assaulted him, then tied everyone up in the house before searching the premises,” Colonel Ngoepe said.

He said police had already arrested two suspects.

A Mozambican national, Joao Antonio Lucas, was arrested in Springs, Gauteng, and police confiscated the VW Polo used by the suspects during the robbery, while his co-accused Portia Kgama was arrested in Lephalale.

Lucas appeared alongside Portia Kgama in the Phalala Magistrates’ Court on Thursday last week on charges of house robbery and assault.

The court postponed his case to May 31, 2021, while his co-accused Portia Kgama will appear on April 21 – both for bail application and further police investigations.

Colonel Ngoepe said Lucas will also appear in several KwaZulu-Natal courts facing similar charges.

During the robbery, the suspects stole Toyota Legend 45, and the car was later found abandoned along Lebu road near Tomburke outside Lephalale.

The suspect fled in three cars, a Toyota Fortuner, the VW Polo, and the unidentified car.

Ngoepe said a manhunt for the remaining suspects was still underway.

Police have called on anyone with information that can lead to their arrest, may contact Colonel Malesela Mogul at 071 479 2329 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

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