Twelth man held over KZN ATM bombings

2013-01-26 08:12

Johannesburg - Police have arrested a twelfth man for a string of ATM bombings in KwaZulu-Natal, the Hawks said on Friday.

Captain Paul Ramoloko said Lungisiwe Dladla, 33, was arrested in Orlando, Soweto, on Thursday by the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks.

Dladla has been charged with murder, ATM bombing, three counts of attempted murder and being in illegal possession of explosives.

"We may add other charges as the investigation continues," said Ramoloko.

Dladla, who is from Ladysmith in northern KwaZulu-Natal, appeared in the Howick Magistrate's Court on Friday.

He remained in custody and would be back on 7 February in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court where his case has been transferred to.

Last week, police arrested 11 men for a spate of ATM bombings in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Hawks were following up on information when they took the men, aged between 20 and 40, into custody on Sunday.

They were linked to ATM bombings in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

The last ATM was bombed in Howick. The men lived in a hostel in Soweto but were originally from KwaZulu-Natal.

After being questioned, the gang took the Hawks to a house at eManguze, south of Kosi Bay, on the border between South Africa and Mozambique in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Hawks found four firearms, including an AK47 rifle, nine explosive cables and a stolen bakkie. The vehicle was reported stolen in Booysens, Gauteng early January, he said.

Among those arrested was the son of a taxi owner in Gauteng.

The 11 men appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and would join Dladla in his next appearance.

  • pdvermaak - 2013-01-26 08:31

    So the weel turns...round and round it goes.

      joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-26 09:53

      Slowly but surely...

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-01-26 11:48

      Now go arrest some farm murderes

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2013-01-26 14:09

      Seems the wheels of poor education has caught up with us too.....Journalists' spelling!! Twelth????

  • gwvickers - 2013-01-26 08:49

    News24 get yours facts right, your first article about this was white men with military back ground that were doing the boming, now its black men, WTF

  • mihla.sithole - 2013-01-26 08:55

    With this kind of spelling you have surely made Angie Motshekga proud that she is the minister of education

      joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-26 09:55


  • Delene Labuschagne - 2013-01-26 08:56

    well done 2 the Hawks!!! u guys cn truly be proud of yourselves,,continue the good work !!! a BIG thank u from the publick i hope u get rewarded,,,, well, i salute u !!!

      nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-01-26 10:50

      Do they only catch bombers nd not corrupt mec's nd ministers,oh nd their leader?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2013-01-26 09:01

    Oh by the way News24 quietly deleted the word white out of the heading of the previous report only after hundreds of comments about it!!! News24 sure knows how to stir!! Well done to the hawks!! No bail please courts!!!

  • Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-01-26 09:02

    Ah elections are just around the corner. Is it just coincidence, or does our ANC need some cash for campaigning again? I mean setting up 'military grade' explosives requires specialized training and equipment, because no home made explosives I'm aware of can crack a ATM safe.

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2013-01-26 09:25

    N24 should just close shop. Their reporting is pathetic!!

  • ally.murdoch.jago - 2013-01-26 10:00

    Who is this journalist - twelth is actually spelt twelfth?!!!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-26 11:59

      A product of OBE who passed his/her journalism degree with 30% and who does not know 70% of his/her work, which includes writing proper english

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-26 12:49

      twelth, twelfth, twelve????? iPhone said this, media said that, commentators saying this and that, OMW twelfth month of the year and twelve in number form, let's keep it easy 12

  • mart.botha - 2013-01-26 10:03

    How far will a criminal go to protect his loved ones? Will it be enough to deter him if he knows that he will place them at risk if he does crime. If a criminal steals and gives his wife any part of the proceeds of his crime, is she not guilty of a crime. I am suggesting this because as far as my research goes, these criminals treat the threat of doing jail time simply as an occupational hazard....and they know how to work the system/s. For them there is no downside in prison, the only thing that is different to their lives on the outside is the prison timekeeping.

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2013-01-26 10:29

    What is a 'Twelth man' ? News 24 can't you guys do better that this?

  • nhlanhla.msiza.9 - 2013-01-26 12:11

    To tell u the trueth crime goes with favours,those guys are arrested for bombing ATM.Shaike was arrested for fraud bt his out of prison!

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-26 12:58

    I think what News24 meant was to put a "a" in front, a Twelth man held, now this is getting confusing News24, 11 before and now the 12 one, 12 out off 12, 12 man, 12 men, 12 12 12, what is going on????

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-26 13:12

      You are the twelth man to pick these grammatical errors

  • pc.myass - 2013-01-26 13:36

    Maybe because he is from Souf Africa, and vis is only his fif story? Or maybe he has a truly Souf African spell checker that only checks the spelling of words and phrases like "catergorically denied", "alleged", "innocent", "bloody agent", "conspiracy", "victim", "suffering" and "apartheid"?

      winstonenria.worthington - 2013-01-26 15:36

      What about: Cowntry, Wek, ad nauseum. Agreed; there is a serious case of "Limited Vocabulary".

  • shadrachanthea.govenderstrydom - 2013-01-26 14:43

    Well done to the Hawks - Thank you for doing your best!

  • winstonenria.worthington - 2013-01-26 15:31

    A job well done! The question remains however: Who are their handlers and who gets a cut out of the proceeds of all crime? Hawks, start right at the top, not midway down the ladder. OH, MY GOODNESS!!!

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