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Seven suspects arrested for allegedly breaking into schools in Limpopo

Besides schools, it is alleged that the seven suspects who were arrested also broke into residential areas and stole various items.

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Seven suspects were arrested on Sunday 26 April for allegedly breaking into schools and other residential areas in Limpopo. 

According to a South African Police Service (Saps) statement, various items were stolen. 

Seven suspects arrested

Unfortunately breaking into schools has become a regular occurrence during the lockdown. It seems that lockdown, besides keeping us safe, has also caused desperation for some. 

According to police, the suspects were arrested during an intelligence-driven joint operation that comprised of members of the Crime Intelligence Unit, Cluster Task Team and detectives from Mankweng in Limpopo. 

The police received information about the suspects and conducted a sting operation around Sebayeng policing area which led to the initial arrest of two suspects. They were found in possession of items suspected to have been stolen from one of the schools in the area.

The team gathered more information on the other possible suspects involved in these burglaries. Five more were then arrested at different locations and were allegedly found in possession of other suspected stolen properties.

“The suspects aged between 24 and 64, were allegedly linked to several burglaries in this area and during the arrest, various stolen items were recovered,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo. 

The Provincial Commissioner of the Saps in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the team of members for their swift action and the community for assisting the police with information which resulted in the arrests. The arrested suspects will still be profiled to establish if they are linked to other burglary cases across the province.

All suspects will appear in Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 28 April facing charges of business burglary and possession of presumed stolen properties.

Over 29 Limpopo schools vandalised  

The Department of Basic Education (DBE), on 17 April,  expressed concerned that 397 schools had been vandalised across the country in the first three weeks of the lockdown. Of that, 30 schools in Limpopo were vandalised at the time.

Provincial Education Departments reported an alarming number of schools that were been vandalised. According to a DBE statement, learning and teaching equipment was stolen together with other expensive items. 

“The most common target areas in the schools are the administration blocks for Information Communication Technology equipment and the nutrition centres for the food items,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.