Photo: SAPS / Twitter
Photo: SAPS / Twitter
The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Kwathema in the East Rand have arrested two suspects who were found in possession of explosives and cash on Friday, 12 June 2020.
The apprehension is a result of an intelligence-driven operation led by police who pounced on the suspects, a man and a woman, at a house in the Springs area.
“Upon their arrival, in an outside room, police found a man and a woman aged 34 and 25, and requested to search the premises. During the search police found 44 blasting cartridges, one roll of detonating cord, 4 connector cord fuse and more than R100 000-00 cash”, said SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele.
Makhubele said that both the suspects were arrested and will appear in the Springs Magistrate Court on Monday, 15 June 2020.
They will face charges of unlawful possession of explosives.
Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has applauded the work well done by the Gauteng police and further urged the community to continue to work with the police to fight crime by calling the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or send the information via MySAPS App.
There have been growing concerns over the rate of crime in the country, in the wake of the lockdown. In April, three people were arrested for possession of explosives in Ekurhuleni.
“We were busy following up on a lead on the continuous break-ins and theft at taverns and bottle stores in the area when we made this discovery,” member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for community safety Frans Mmoko is quoted as saying.
“We found different types of explosives and we have roped in the bombs squad so that they can do a thorough investigation and to determine the different types of explosives we discovered.”
While in February, the Hawks arrested two women who were found with dozens of bundles of explosives, blasting cartridges and case fuses worth an estimated R1.2m.
The pair, both Zimbabwean, were arrested in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, following a tip-off.
“The team received a tip-off about two women from Zimbabwe who were in possession of explosives destined for Gauteng. The two people matching the description of the suspects were spotted in one of the lodges in Thohoyandou and their movements were constantly monitored,” said Capt Matimba Maluleke.