Zimbabweans nabbed at Beitbridge Border Post for explosives smuggling

June 6, 2024
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South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo arrested two male suspects from Zimbabwe, aged 32 and 42, in the early hours at Beitbridge Border Post. The suspects allegedly attempted to smuggle 124 blasting cartridges and 109 safety fuses for commercial explosives into the country.

Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, SAPS spokesperson, stated that the two suspects were apprehended just after midnight as they crossed into South Africa from Zimbabwe. Ledwaba added that the arrest was a joint effort between the police and members of the Musina Explosive Unit.

“Their Toyota Quantum with a trailer was stopped and, upon searching, police discovered commercial explosives hidden inside bags,” Ledwaba explained.

The Musina Explosive Unit seized 124 blasting cartridges and 109 safety fuses from the scene. Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, provincial police commissioner in Limpopo, commended the members for their vigilance during the interception.

The suspects are slated to appear before the Musina Magistrate’s Court today, facing charges of smuggling and possession of explosives. Notably, previous incidents have seen smuggled explosives linked to ATM bombings across the country.