Law enforcement officials have been left scratching their heads in Hout Bay, after an explosive device had to be disarmed and removed from a solid waste drop-off site in the coastal town on Wednesday.
The bizarre incident, which took place just down the road from Cape Town, is now the subject of an extensive SAPS investigation. No arrests have been made as yet, and those probing the discovery need more time to piece this puzzle together.
A K9 unit and a specialised task team were called to attend the scene in Hout Bay, and sure enough, the device that had sparked such panic WAS found to contain ‘live explosives’, and featured materials that could cause serious damage if ignited.
Thankfully, we had a very good boy in attendance: Explosives detection dog Architta managed to sniff out the device, alerting his handlers to the danger almost immediately. A technician was then called in, leading to the safe disarming of the cylindrical tube.
It’s been a very jittery start to the new year, put it that way: In the last few days, Zandile Mafe was found with an ‘explosive device’ at Parliament, after he was arrested on suspicion of arson. A traveller at Bloemfontein Airport was also caught with a hand grenade in his luggage.
“On Wednesday 5 January at about 15:35 members of the K9 Unit attached to the Provincial Extortion Task Team were summoned to the Solid Waste Drop off facility in Houtbay, where they were informed about a suspicious object on the premises.”
“The explosive detection dog Architta was used for an investigative search for the device. The dog reacted positively to the presence of possible live explosives in the device. The bomb disposal technician on the scene disarmed the device and removed it from the scene.”SAPS statement
#sapsWC On Wednesday, members of the K9 Unit were called out to the Solid Waste Drop off facility in Houtbay about an explosive device on the premises. The explosive detection dog, Architta reacted positive to possible live explosives in the device. MLhttps://t.co/zXhslFd0vv pic.twitter.com/4WpO06A60e— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) January 6, 2022