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Murder suspect netted in NC operation

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"The suspect stabbed the boy to death while robbing him of his Adidas sneakers and denim jacket,”

Tshepiso Thompson

A SUSPECT was arrested on the weekend in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old Kimberley Boys’ High pupil, who was robbed of his clothes and sneakers and stabbed to death earlier this year.

Tshepiso Thompson died in the early hours of March 31 after being stabbed and robbed of his Adidas sneakers and denim jacket that he was wearing at the time.

The police said yesterday that they had arrested another suspect in connection with the murder during a crime prevention operation in the Northern Cape on the weekend.

“A murder suspect, who was on the run after allegedly murdering a 16-year-old boy in March this year, has been arrested. He was found hiding in a house in Galeshewe. He is expected to appear before the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court on Monday (today). It is alleged that the suspect stabbed the boy to death while robbing him of his Adidas sneakers and denim jacket,” police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said yesterday.

The suspect was one of several wanted suspects arrested during the crime prevention operation on the weekend.

Tawana said that the operation, dubbed Operation Sabela, “continued to lock down criminal activities throughout the Northern Cape province”.

“The men and women in blue reclaimed the streets in the Frances Baard, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Pixley ka Seme, ZF Mgcawu and Namaqua districts,” said Tawana.

On Friday in Kimberley, the law enforcement agencies, members from the Department of Home Affairs, Northern Cape provincial traffic officers, Sol Plaatje Municipality traffic officers, SAPS units, including Crime Intelligence, Detectives and other provincial components, and the Galeshewe, Kagisho, Roodepan and Kimberley police stations conducted joint crime prevention duties.

“Roadblocks were held simultaneously on the N8 route between Kimberley and Bloemfontein and on the N12 route between Kimberley and Warrenton. Our policing focus during the roadblocks was to search for stolen vehicles, illegal firearms, the transportation of stolen goods and illicit drugs and undocumented persons.”

Tawana added that motorists were issued with fines totaling more than R15 000 for contravening the National Road Traffic Act, driving motor vehicles without valid driving licences and for vehicles which were not roadworthy.

Three suspects, aged between 16 and 24, were arrested after they were found in possession of copper weighing 46.43kg at a roadblock on the N12 near Kimberley. The suspects are expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court today on a count of possession of suspected stolen copper.

During the operation, the Northern Cape Flying Squad and K9 units acted on intelligence information which led to the arrest of three suspects in Jan Kempdorp for suspected drug dealing.

“The suspects’ home was searched and more than a hundred units of mandrax tablets were found in their possession. The suspects were also found in possession of bank debit cards, Sassa (South Africa Social Security Agency) cards and identity documents. Our preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects could be lending out money and also giving out drugs on credit and withholding customers’ bank debit cards and identity documents as security,” Tawana said.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Jankempdorp Magistrate’s Court today on charges of dealing in drugs.