Cape Town – A suspect attempting to smuggle commercial explosives from Zimbabwe into South Africa was arrested at the Beitbridge border post in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said in a statement that the 33-year-old man was arrested at about 01:30, as he crossed into South Africa from Zimbabwe.
Mojapelo said this was a result of the police’s concerted efforts to eradicate the smuggling of illegal goods into the country at the Beitbridge border post.
The suspect’s truck “was stopped and upon searching it, police discovered commercial explosives concealed inside four big bags. Members of the Musina explosives unit attended the scene and confiscated three reels of detonating cord. They also seized at least 769 units of blasting cartridges from the truck”, said Mojapelo.
The man was expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court today July 25 on a charge of smuggling and possession of explosives.
Provincial Commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe commended the police officers’ work in intercepting the suspected smuggler.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe