Police arrest Limpopo robbers
Johannesburg - Sixteen people, including a police reservist, have been arrested in connection with a spate of house and business robberies in Polokwane, Groblersdal and Letsitele, outside Tzaneen, police said on Sunday.
Three people were arrested on Friday for robbing a Groblersdal businessman of more than R100 000, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
The man was on his way to the bank when he was robbed by a group of three men, who escaped in a marked state vehicle driven by a police reservist in full uniform.
The three were arrested by the Hawks at their safe house in Groblersdal on Saturday morning. A fourth man was still at large.
Mulaudzi said the three would appear in the Groblersdal Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms.
Two 9mm firearms and R34 500 were confiscated, he said.
Also in Polokwane on Friday, eight men were arrested after police saw them, in two cars, apparently scouting shops in town, said Mulaudzi.
Police confronted them, believing that they were planning an armed robbery. They seized two unlicensed firearms with the serial numbers filed off.
Three of the men had been linked to house robberies in Polokwane and Lebowakgomo, said Mulaudzi.
He said the two cars were confiscated to determine whether they had been stolen.
The men, aged between 22 and 34, would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms.
In Letsitele, near Tzaneen, five men were arrested for a spate of house robberies, said Mulaudzi.
Four of the men, three Zimbabweans and a Mozambican, had robbed three houses with a hired firearm, said Mulaudzi.
On Friday morning, they tried to rob a house in the same area, but the residents resisted and one of the robbers was stabbed.
Gunshots were fired as the men left the house, but no one was injured.
Police were alerted and arrested three men near the scene. The fourth was arrested later at his house.
Police found the firearm owner, from Hammanskraal, and arrested him too.
All five would appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate's Court on Monday, Mulaudzi said.