Limpopo Court Update – Eight Suspects Arrested in Possession of Drugs Appeared in Bela Bela Magistrates Court [press release]

All 8 suspects – Steve Hlongwane (39), Jan Hlongwane (30), Bernard Matlaila (34), David Mabetwa (34), Julius Aphiri (55) Mahlatsi Aphiri (28), Micheal Manamela and George Khoza (29) appeared briefly in the Bela Bela Magistrates’ Court today. Their case was remanded to 22 December 2014 for further investigation. Only seven suspects are still in custody whilst Mahlatsi Aphiri was released on a warning. She will join the others at their next court appearance.

Eight suspects arrested for possession of drugs, a firearm and ammunition

10 December 2014

Polokwane- A multi-disciplinary operation led by Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Fanie Masemola together with Crime Intelligence, Tactical Response Team (TRT), the Hawks and K9 Unit has resulted in the arrest of eight suspected drug dealers who were found in possession of nyaope and heroin worth over R100 000 in the early hours of Wednesday, 10 December 014.

A total amount of R24 000 cash was found in the possession of the suspects. A 9mm firearm with 25 live rounds, three magazines, handcuffs and three handgun holsters were found in possession of one of the suspects, a former police officer in Krugersdorp. Police also recovered an axe and two butcher knives, as well as various types of capsules which are believed to be some of the ingredients used to manufacture nyaope.

Laptop, fake CD’s and D’s plus a colour printer were also recovered. The suspects, aged between 28 and 55 will appear tomorrow (Thursday) in the Bela-Bela Magistrates’ Court.

“We are committed to be out there in full force this festive season. Drugs are very problematic and Bela-Bela has been saturated with nyaope which prompted us to clean the area to ensure that we cut the supply during this festive season. Most criminals commit their crimes under the influence of drugs and we are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to attain a crime free society”, said Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Fanie Masemola.

Added Masemola: “We proved it when we arrested police officers last week for corruption, yesterday we arrested two more police officers and today (Wednesday) we arrested another for corruption and house breaking. If we have police officers involved in the Bela-Bela drug syndicate they must know that we are hot on their heels.”

Source : South African Police Service