Two suspects due to appear in court for illegal possession of explosives

MPUMALANGA – Two suspects aged 39 and 50 are expected to appear before the Evander Magistrates’ Court today after they were arrested during a multi-disciplinary operation conducted by the Secunda and Head Office based Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Secunda Crime Intelligence and Explosives Unit at Evander for illegal possession of explosives.

The arrest came after the team reacted on information about the suspects who were in possession of explosives looking for buyers. The authority for entrapment was granted. The operation was executed on 13 September 2022.

The suspects approached the agent as arranged at the service station and they handed over the bags of explosives. They were immediately apprehended.

The suspects were charged with dealing in explosives and they were detained pending their first court appearance. The closer inspection revealed a total of 46 electronic detonators which they were selling for R10 000-00 with a total of an estimated value of R130 000-00.

The investigation continuing.

Source: South African Police Service