The South African Police Service said in a media release that they will continues in its efforts to ensure safety for all South Africans. “This is reflected in the overwhelming success of our tracking teams around the country. The tracking teams in just four provinces have arrested over 750 wanted suspects in the past month.”
The South African Police Service launched the Tracking Teams on the 14th of September 2011. This was a response to the large numbers of wanted suspects, which were proving to be a challenge within the police service. The situation demanded the establishment of dedicated teams around the country, which comprised of trained of experienced members to track down and arrest wanted suspects.
All suspects that have been positively linked to crimes and cannot routinely be located by investigators, form part of the list of wanted suspects. To ensure that these suspects’ movements are restricted, they are also circulated on the Movement Control System which is manned by SAPS Personnel at our ports of entry. These suspects that have been arrested by the respective teams were wanted for a various categories of crimes most of which encompass our priority crimes such as murder, aggravated robberies, ATM bombings and sexual related offences.
The Limpopo team has been extraordinary. They have arrested a 569 suspects wanted for a range of serious crimes.
One of the cases that can be highlighted is the arrest of a 24 year old man for his alleged involvement in at least 21 counts of sexual assaults on elderly women over a period of four years. This man continued to evade arrest but his run was short-lived after the dedicated tracking team persistently tracked him down. This man has been positively linked to the rape cases while he is also facing charges of common robbery and assault GBH. This suspect has appeared in court but cannot be named at this stage as he is still yet to plead.
The Limpopo team also arrested four men in connection with the killing of a senior parliamentarian, Mr Lekoba Jack Tolo (63). The top management of the SAPS has commended the tracking team for their determination in fulfilling their mandate to bring these ruthless criminals to book.