Tonga Police Cluster scoops up four awards

Lt Col Thimothy Mbombi, Const Jacob Sondlane and Cpt Arie Coetzee.

TONGA – Const Jacob Sondlane received two awards at Tracker’s annual awards ceremony and Capt Arie Coetzee, one.

The Tonga cluster also won an award for its contribution to recovering stolen vehicles.

Cluster commander, Maj Gen Dorah Xaba congratulated the winners and encouraged all of her officers to continue the fight against crime.

The officers of the Tonga police station managed to capture a suspect wanted in connection with several cases of house robbery and rape in an ambush in the early hours of Sunday.

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Police received information from an informant about the 34-year-old man’s movements and swiftly laid an ambush at his girlfriend’s house at 03:00.

As soon as the suspect and his girlfriend entered the house the police struck. The suspect was in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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He was arrested and a case of possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence was opened and added to his list of charges.

The suspect appeared in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was remanded in custody. His next appearance is on Tuesday.

The station commander of Tonga, Brig Velisiwe Mdaka, applauded the members and
the informant for a job well done. “Together we can create a crime-free environment,” she stated.

Corridor Gazette

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