Update on dismantled trio crime syndicate

Three (03) arrested suspects in this matter have appeared before the Namakgale Magistrate Court on charges of possessing of suspected stolen motor vehicle and possession of illegal firearms and Ammunitions. Their cases were postponed to 13 June 2018 with no bail for further Police investigations.

The suspects were identified as follows:

-Jacky Sekgobela (40) who was the most wanted suspect on a series of serious and violent crimes such as house robberies, farm attacks, murders in the Hoedspruit Policing area outside Phalaborwa, escaping from lawful custody at Bushbuckridge Police Station in the Mpumalanga Province and for business robberies in the Namakgale, Maake and Tzaneen Policing areas.

-Tebogo Theron Maboke aged 30.

-Maake Popolo Isaac aged 28.

Following the killing of the High School Educator, Thomas Ngobeni (52) from Nwa-Makena village outside Giyani, the suspects were spotted by the community in the Namakgale Policing area and subsequently an intensive joint operation composed of the Saps Namakgale, Rhino 9 Task Team and the Phalaborwa CPF was immediately activated and started tracing the suspects involved in this matter.

During this operation, four (04) suspects aged between 27 and 42 were cornered and arrested in the Namakgale Policing area outside Phalaborwa.

The suspects were ultimately linked to the Giyani murder incident and the following items were recovered during their arrests:

01 x motor vehicle which believed to be the one hijacked from the deceased.

Three (03) firearms.

34 x live rounds of ammunition.

The arrest of these suspects emanated from the incident which occurred in the Giyani Policing area at Mashavele village where this educator attached to Mbangezika High School at Shikukwani village was found dead in the bushes and the school examination papers lying next to his body.

These suspects will still appear before the Giyani Magistrate Court on charges of murder and carjacking.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service