21 arrests in Rustenburg and surrounds
Rustenburg – As part of the roll out to all provinces, the deputy minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi, officially handed over the Mount Road Cluster Operational Command Centre (OCC) in Port Elizabeth to the Eastern Cape provincial commissioner on Monday, 24 July.
The launching of a Cluster OCC concept is planned to take place in Rustenburg as well. The OCC will be established to ensure clamping down on trio-crime that includes car and truck hi-jackings, house and business robberies as well as to win the trust of the community.
The OCC will amongst others, be responsible to initiate, plan and monitor crime prevention and combating operations within the cluster. This will sustain operations and crime combating initiatives with the aim of reducing crime and restoring trust in the police.
“Since June 2017 to date, 21 suspects have been arrested by the Cluster Task Team on charges ranging from theft out of motor vehicles to hi-jacking, burglary, residential and business robberies. During investigations, the following suspects were identified and linked with various cases,” said captain Elsabe Augoustides, police spokesperson on 27 July. More arrests are imminent.
Mpumelelo Mojewa (28): Two cases, including theft from motor vehicles and business robberies committed in Sun City and Phokeng in April 2017.
Alberto Gaba (42): Five cases, including house robbery, theft, and theft of and out of motor vehicles, and burglaries committed in Rustenburg in November 2006, January and December 2008, February 2012 and January 2015.
Ben Tsuwe Marope (43): Four cases, including two cases of theft out of motor vehicles, and another two of residential burglary during March, May, August and December 2015.
Fabiano Khumo (27): Three cases of house robbery and rape and residential burglary committed in July 2012 and November 2016 in Mogwase.
The Rustenburg cluster commander, major general Arthur Adams expressed his satisfaction about the successes achieved through coordinated initiatives in accordance with the aim of the concept.
He commended members for their commitment and urged them to continue to strive for service excellence and enhancing the Back-to-Basics concept to ensure a safer tomorrow. He further made an appeal to members of the community to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of trio crime suspects.
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