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Watch: Two suspects in viral robbery video arrested in Polokwane

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Limpopo police have arrested two men aged 34 and 38 for robbery after they were identified from a CCTV footage that went viral on social media on Monday 27 March.

In the video, five men are seen attacking a man as he drops off a parcel at a counter at Watloo Supermarket and Butchery on the corner of Paul Kruger and Rissik streets in Polokwane.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects were identified after the video clip went viral on social media.

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“It is alleged that six suspects were captured on video while robbing a Zimbabwean National his belongings and later fled the scene on foot,” said Mojapelo.

“Police received information about the robbery and an immediate tactical driven operation was launched by the Polokwane Tracing Team and Crime Intelligence which led to the arrest of the two suspects in Mmotong village outside Seshego on Tuesday and Wednesday 29 March 2023.

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Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are a syndicate calling themselves “Makgamasa” who operate around Polokwane targeting foreign Nationals.

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They allegedly disguise as police officials and request legal documentations and passports from the potential targets or victims.

Moreover, some of the victims are taken to remote places and robbed of valuable goods such as cellphones and money.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has urged community members with information about this group to come forward and assist the Police in the investigation.

A manhunt for the remaining four suspects is ongoing.

Police has called on anyone who can identify the people shown on the video that has been circulating on social media platforms, is urged to contact the Polokwane Branch Commander Colonel Lenkie Mathebula on 0826283172 or crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or MySAPSApp, as it is believed they can assist in the investigations.

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