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An 81-year old man has been found guilty of raping a six year old girl. Photograph: SAPS

Police swoop on five ‘most wanted’ robbers

Police traced the robbers, who are wanted for terrorising businesses in several towns, to their hideout in a neighbouring province.

serial rapist

An 81-year old man has been found guilty of raping a six year old girl. Photograph: SAPS

Police have arrested a gang of five most wanted suspects aged between 38 and 65 arrested in the Elukwatini area in Mpumalanga.

The suspects are wanted for a string of robberies that they had allegedly committed in the Free State.

An SAPS spokesperson said that the Free State Organised Crime Unit, working together with Tactical Response Team members, had followed intelligence driven information to Mpumalanga in Elukwatini where the suspects were found in hiding.   The police swooped on the suspects on Friday 25 November. This was after the latest robbery that took place in Ladybrand, where the suspects allegedly stormed into a chain store and grabbed cellphones, cash and sim-cards.

“The five were arrested after they were positively identified through intelligence led information. They have been detained for robberies that took place between January 2021 and October 2021 in the towns of Hennenman, Theunissen, Viljoenskroon and Ladybrand,” the police spokesperson said.

He said it was possible that further robbery cases would be added to the charges against the suspects. No firearms were found in their possession.  

They are expected to appear in different local magistrates courts soon to face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Free State Provincial Commissioner Major General Baile Motswenyane commended the team for the arrest.  

“This is to show that the Free State is not a free crime province.  We will hunt any perpetrator and will not rest until they are brought to book,” Motswenyane said.

Police swiftly arrest Thaba Nchu rapist

Meanwhile, in a separate case, Free State police arrested a 30-year-old man, after he allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.

“On Thursday 25 November 2021 Thaba Nchu police launched the 16 days of Activism of no abuse against women and children.  Members were conducting a door to door campaign and distributing pamphlets on sexual related matters,” a police spokesperson said.

“At about 14:00 on the same day members received information from a reliable source that an unknown male had just raped a girl near the bushes in town,” he said.

He said the concerned source gave police a clear description of the victim.  

“As police were searching for the victim they noticed someone matching her description and further realised that the victim was in pain.  Upon investigation, the victim informed police that she had just been raped,” he said.

Police managed to trace the suspect near a local taxi rank as he was about to board a taxi.  Two female police officers managed to apprehend the suspect with the help of local residents.

He is expected to appear in the Thaba Nchu Magistrates’ Court soon to face a charge of rape.