Members of the Endangered Species Department and local police, supported by a private security firm, have arrested three poachers in Vaalwater near Lephalale, police said on Monday.
A spokesman for the Limpopo police, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said the joined unit arrested the suspects, aged between 25 and 45 after they searched and tracked them down.
“The members followed the suspect’s movement until they found and confiscated white bakkie along R33 road. During the search, 01 black silencers, a knife, and a long rifle with ammunition.
They also confiscated their white Chevrolet bakkie,” said Brigadier Mojapelo.
The suspects are among the 1,574 arrested for various crimes during a joint operation in Limpopo in the past week, including the arrest of a 14-year-old girl of perjury after she reported a fake kidnapping case at the Tzaneen Police Station on September,25. 2020.
Mojapelo said the teenager told police that she and her friend, a pupil at Meridian College in Tzaneen, were leaving school when an unknown suspect driving in a white van grabbed and forced her friend into the vehicle.
“We have referred the case to a social worker for further evaluation, said Brigadier Mojapelo.
Police arrested other suspects for a variety of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, robbery, rape, sexual assault, assault grievous bodily harm, common assault, sexual offenses, business and residential burglary, stock theft, arson, malicious damage to property, shoplifting. , theft, dealing in drug, driving under the influence of liquor, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, possession of fake cigarette, illegal immigration, pointing someone as a witch, non-compliance with the maintenance order, violation of the Protection Order, drinking and non-compliance with liquor-related laws, and contravention to the regulations under the disaster management act and the Road Traffic Act.
Brigadier Mojapelo said other suspects have appeared in various district courts in the province.