Suspects terrorising off-campus students in Limpopo nabbed
TMG Digital | 2017-02-05 12:44:20.0
Arrest. File photo.
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Police have arrested two suspects who have allegedly been terrorising University of Limpopo students staying outside the campus in Mankweng.
The two suspects‚ both aged 37 and who are accused of raping and robbing victims‚ were arrested at the weekend during a crime-intelligence operation conducted by the Provincial Crime Intelligence Coordination Team and Mankweng detectives‚ according to police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
“These crimes agitated the Mankweng community and the students who‚ on two occasions marched to the local police station to hand in the memorandum‚ demanding the arrest of the culprits.
“Some of the crimes were allegedly committed with impunity. During October last year 2016‚ the suspect allegedly went to an apartment‚ knocked at the door and demanded the student to open; threatening to break it in case she didn’t. The victim screamed for help but the suspect shot the neighbour who came to the rescue‚” Mojapelo said.
He added that last Thursday a 20-year-old student was attacked in her room‚ raped and robbed of a laptop and cellphone.
In another incident that took place in September last year‚ one of the suspects allegedly forced their way into a room where he found the student with her boyfriend.
“He then robbed them of a laptop and cell phone at gunpoint. He thereafter dragged the female student out‚ shot and injured the boyfriend and thereafter raped her‚” Mojapelo said‚ adding that police had received information and subsequently arrested the two suspects.
During the arrest‚ police seized a 9mm pistol‚ four rounds of ammunition‚ five laptops and six cellphones.
Mojapelo said the suspects were being linked to a number of cases in the area including rape‚ attempted murder and house robbery.
They will appear before the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of possession of suspected stolen property‚ an illegal firearm and ammunition.