Five robbers thought they had made a clean getaway on Friday after they robbed a convenience store in Malamulele outside Giyani at the Madonsi Menele village. Unbeknown to them however, the SAPS in the area had received reports of a robbery in progress and were on their way to the scene.
Upon arrival, the owner of the shop was found injured, but the suspects had already fled the scene. The owner of the shop explained that the five suspects were driving a white Ford Focus and when they arrived at his shop, pointed him with a firearm while assaulting him. The suspects managed to rob him of an undisclosed amount of money, cell phones, airtime vouchers and cigarettes.
The Police followed the suspect motor vehicle, until the five suspects were arrested near the local grave yard. During the arrest, the SAPS members recovered one firearm and a variety of items believed to have been robbed from the convenience store.
The origin of the motor vehicle used and the firearm will be determined by further Police investigations. The suspects will appear in the Malamulele Magistrate’s court soon on charges of business robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Limpopo, Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba, has commended these members for a quick response which led to the apprehension of all the involved suspects.