Man in dock for bank bomb threats

2015-09-26 22:30

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Johannesburg - A man accused of making numerous bomb threats to two major banks last month is expected in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday after the Hawks tracked and arrested him at his workplace in Limpopo.

The 22-year-old suspect was nabbed on Wednesday. Cellphones, SIM cards, a computer and documents were seized during the arrest, said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi in a statement.

“The suspect allegedly made numerous bomb threats in August claiming he had planted explosive devices which necessitated the buildings to be evacuated and closed for at least a day, resulting in losses amounting to millions of rands,” he said.

“No explosive devices were located during the search of the two extensive buildings, whilst investigations were already at an advanced stage to identify the caller.”

“The suspect allegedly demanded that [First National and Standard banks] close accounts belonging to a Trust, the details [of which] will be divulged at his court hearing.”

The man was charged under the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities (Pocdatara) Act for threatening to place and discharge or detonate explosives or other lethal devices.

National head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said threats of violence were taken very seriously.

“Make no mistake we investigate these incidents, and those found responsible will be subject to arrest and full prosecution no matter where they are located,” he warned.

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