LEPHALALE — The 63-year-old Leoatle Ramaqele was arrested by Lephalale Police in cooperation with members of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) on Sunday 27 January after Police have been looking for him since Wednesday 23 January.
According to Thys Eloff, chairperson of the Lephalale CPF, CPF members and Lephalale Police were alerted by Vaalwater Police that a suspicious vehicle that drove at a high speed was heading for Lephalale. The vehicle, a white Toyota Hilux Super Cab, was linked to an armed robbery earlier on Wednesday between Pretoria and Hammanskraal on the R101 where a huge amount of money was robbed from a foreign citizen.
The Hilux passed traffic officers, including Mr Pilusa, Assistant Superintendent at Lephalale Municipal Traffic, who was busy receiving information of the situation on his phone. He responded quickly and chased the vehicle with Police and CPF members following him.
Some roads were blocked by CPF members and Police but the suspect managed to drive through it as well as a road block near Marken. Mr Pilusa didn’t give up and followed Ramaqele up to Bakenberg where they lost him.
On Sunday 27 January, CPF members together with SAPS Lephalale members received information from Vaalwater Police that a motorist who was driving behind the suspicious Hilux recognised it as the car that the police were looking for. Ramaqele was heading for Lephalale once again. Police blocked the road at the circle at Elegant Fuel filling station and other escape routes were also blocked.
Ramaqele drove into the police trap and was arrested by Lephalale Police. He was transferred to Vaalwater Police for further investigations on Monday 28 January.
Despite several attempts to get comment from Captain Mpete at Vaalwater SAPS, he was still unavailable at the time of going to print.