Vryheid: Men caught with 52 detonators

2013-07-10 00:00

TWO men carrying explosives used in ATM bombings were arrested in Vryheid this past week.

Sthembiso Buthelezi (22) and Vusumuzi Mbatha (21) were arrested by the Crime Prevention Unit in Vryheid on July 5 on Kerk and Hoog streets. The two appeared in court on Monday and were remanded in custody until July 28.

Police found 52 detonators in their possession. These are normally used in the bombing of ATMs and other crimes.

Vryheid has had several ATM bombings where dangerous and illegally acquired explosives were used.

Acting KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, welcomed the arrests.

He expressed concern at the proliferation of such dangerous explosives. “It is, indeed, disturbing that dangerous explosives, normally used in the mining industry, were found within the community where they could pose serious danger to the ordinary members of the community,” said Dhlomo.

He said the arrest of the two and the investigation into the matter will reveal the real source of these explosives and eventually cut the supply of these dangerous items.

Dhlomo urged members of the community to be on the look-out for such items and warned them not to touch the explosives but instead report them to police.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed the arrests and said the men were still in police custody.

— WR.

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