Two Zimbabwean explosives supplier arrested in Roodepoort

PARKTOWN – Two suspected suppliers of explosives commonly used in the commission of ATM bombings, robberies, and illicit mining, appeared before the Roodepoort Magistrate Court on charges of possession of and dealing in explosives; and for being in the country illegally on the 07 October 2020.

This comes after an intelligence-driven operation by National Crime Intelligence and Gauteng Organised Crime Detectives on Monday evening, 05 October 2020 resulted in the arrest of the two Zimbabwean nationals in Roodepoort.

The team followed the operation information and proceeded to Roodepoort Park next to Marvericks Sports Club where the suspects were stationed. The team approached the suspects and on searching the suspects’ vehicle, found 39 explosive gels with igniting cables commonly utilised for illegal mining, ATM, and CIT bombings.

Police also seized the suspects’ vehicle as an instrument used during the commission of the crime.

Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela welcomed the arrest, commending the team for their relentless efforts geared at dealing decisively with often violent trio crimes (hijackings, house, and business robberies) such as illegal mining, ATM and CIT bombings that continue to instill fear in our communities.

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