Two men and one woman were detained by the South African Police Service (SAPS) at the Beitbridge border station for allegedly being in possession of commercial explosives, according to police reports. Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a spokeswoman for the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo, said the trio was apprehended on Wednesday night, after midnight, when they crossed the border into South Africa from Zimbabwe.
SANDF personnel contacted the police when they came across the three suspects at a SANDF support post while crossing the border from Zimbabwe to South Africa, according to Mojapelo. “The three suspects were carrying a backpack and two baggage bags,” Mojapelo said.
They were escorted to Musina police station, where their belongings were inspected and commercial explosives were found. The suspects were aged between 31 and 33 at the time of their arrest. Members of the Musina explosives section were called, and the following explosives were later identified as the source of the problem:
Six spools of detonating cable in the color orange, with no markings on the cord.
Fifty units of connector capped fuses, green in color, with the Famesa Carmex brand on the cap and connection.
Solar Explochem Zambia Limited has purchased 65 blasting cartridges called Superpower 90 emulsion explosives from a manufacturer in the United States.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, the provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo, has praised the “splendid job” that was carried out by the police in partnership with members of the SANDF.
“Explosives of this sort were in the past discovered to have been used in ATM bombings at several areas in the province and the arrest of these criminals would perhaps help the police in curtailing this crime,” Hadebe added. The three suspects are likely to appear in front of the Musina Magistrate’s Court on allegations of unauthorized possession and smuggling of explosives, according to reports.Share
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