On Monday 27 March 2023 at about 10:00, a common robbery occurred at the corner of Paul Kruger and Rissik streets in Polokwane, South Africa. The victim, a Zimbabwean National, was dropping off a package at the parcel counter of Watloo Supermarket and Butchery in Polokwane CBD when six suspects approached him and forcefully took his belongings. The robbery was captured on video by a bystander and later went viral on social media.
The South African police received information about the robbery and quickly launched a tactical operation. The Polokwane Tracing Team and Crime Intelligence worked together to track down the suspects. The operation led to the arrest of two suspects, aged 34 and 38, in Mmotong village outside Seshego on Tuesday and Wednesday 29 March 2023.
During preliminary investigations, it was discovered that the two suspects were part of a larger syndicate known as “Makgamasa”. This group of criminals operates around Polokwane and specifically targets foreign nationals. The syndicate members reportedly disguise themselves as police officials and request legal documents and passports from their potential targets or victims. Once they have obtained these documents, they take the victims to remote locations where they rob them of valuable items, such as cellphones and money.
The arrests of the two suspects are a significant breakthrough in the fight against crime in Polokwane. The police will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all members of the “Makgamasa” syndicate are brought to justice. Furthermore, the police will step up efforts to protect foreign nationals in Polokwane and ensure that they are not targeted by criminal elements. The video footage that led to the arrest of the suspects is a clear example of how the public can help the police in their fight against crime. It is essential that citizens continue to report any suspicious activities or incidents to the authorities to ensure that their communities remain safe and secure.
— MDN NEWS (@MDNnewss) March 29, 2023
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