17 Oct 2017, Limpopo: The police in Modimolle have launched a manhunt for an escapee who was wrongfully released in Pretoria after he paid bail that was allegedly arranged through fraudulent means.
Jaco Opperman aged 33, was arrested in Witbank, Mpumalanga in August 2017 by the Modimolle Detectives after defrauding several victims.
Premilinary 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 arrest of Opperman has been issued. The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba condemned this incident. He gave an assurance that the law will be applied mercilessly against the responsible persons, regardless of who is involved.
The Police are urging the community members to assist with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect. Anybody with information is requested to contact the investigating officer Sergeant Rossouw on 0711338524 or any nearest Police Station or Crime Stop on 08600 10 111.