Opperman wrongfully released

The police in Modimolle are looking for Jaco Opperman (33). According to Police, Opperman was wrongfully released in Pretoria after he paid bail that was allegedly arranged through fraudulent means.
Opperman was arrested in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in August 2017 by the Modimolle Detectives after defrauding several victims of their hard-earned cash. He was sought by the police since May 2016.
According to information, Opperman advertised buffalos for sale and was subsequently paid thousands of Rands (more or less R60 000) by victims who fell for his scam. He disappeared after the deposits were made and three fraud cases were opened against him and a search ensued.
Opperman appeared before Modimolle Magistrate’s Court on 20 September 2017 and was remanded in custody. He was thereafter taken to Pretoria for detention. He somehow managed to pay bail to the amount of R500 which was never granted during his court appearance. The suspect was supposed to again appear in Modimolle Magistrate’s Court on Monday 16 October, but he did not show up and could not be found anywhere.
Preliminary police investigations point to possible aiding and abetting. A case of escaping from lawful custody has been opened against the suspect. Police have also opened cases of defeating the ends of justice and aiding and abetting against the Magistrate and a Police Warrant Officer. A warrant for the re-arrest of Opperman has been issued.
Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Provincial Commissioner, gave his assurance that the law will be applied mercilessly against the responsible persons, regardless of who is involved. “We will not tolerate a situation where we commit the scarce resources available to investigate cases and trace perpetrators, only for the arrested suspects to be released under dubious circumstances,” lamented General Ledwaba.
The Police are urging the communities of Modimolle and surrounding villages and towns to assist with information that can lead to the re-arrest of the suspect. Anybody with information is requested to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Rossouw, on 071 133 8524 or any nearest Police Station or Crime Stop on 086 0010 111.

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