- Three suspects have been arrested for the illegal possession of explosives in a village near Phalaborwa in Limpopo
- A community member tip-off about the existence of illegal explosives stored in a house in Mashishimale village led police to the suspects
- The three suspects are expected to appear before the Namakgale Magistrate’s Court
Police say more arrests are expected following the arrest of three suspects who were found with explosives in a village near Phalaborwa, Limpopo province.
Police are investigating if the explosives were planned to be used in a future cash-in-transit heist.
Briefly.co.za learned from reports by African News Agency that the three suspects arrested were between the ages of 26 and 46.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe reportedly said on Saturday that police have acted on a tip off from a member of the community about the house in the village where explosives were believed to be stored.
“The origin of these explosives is still being determined although it is believed that this might be part of a bigger syndicate on business and armed robberies where in some instances safes are blown up by the explosives, including the cash-in-transit vehicles, but the ongoing investigations will confirm that,” said Ngoepe.
More arrests are expected in what Ngoepe described as a “a joint sting operation” between SAPS Namakgale, Crime Intelligence and the National Rhino 09 Unit.
The suspects are expected to appear before the Namakgale Magistrate’s Court in connection with charges relating to the explosives in their possession.
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