Bomb squad blows up senior cop’s ‘suspicious’ Gupta wedding invite

2013-05-05 00:00

Not everyone was scrambling to get an invitation to the wedding that caused all the trouble – in fact, the North West police commissioner’s was detonated by the local bomb squad.

On Friday, the DA in the North West issued a statement claiming that a parcel “apparently containing an invitation to the Gupta wedding addressed to the NW SAPS Commissioner, left at the NW SAPS Headquarters entrance, was regarded as suspicious”.

“After engaging sniffer dogs the parcel was destroyed in a controlled explosion,” the DA’s leader in the province, Chris Hattingh, said in the statement. He claimed the invitation was delivered to Lieutenant General Mirriam Mbombo as “what appears to be a quid pro quo gesture (for services to be rendered)”.

Mbombo confirmed that the parcel was blown up because, she said, nobody had called ahead to warn her she was getting an invitation.

“Our police officers blew up the package because they thought it was suspicious, only to find out later that it was an invitation to the wedding,” Mbombo said.

“They found it suspicious because nobody informed me or my office that I would be receiving a parcel and it had shiny things on it.”

She said the controlled explosion was a precautionary measure for her safety.

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