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Explosives stolen, suspects sought


Media Statement from Mpumalanga Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service


The police in Mpumalanga are in pursuit of suspect(s) who broke into Forzando Colliery in Bethal and stole explosives. The incident occurred yesterday, 29 June 2018, around 22:00.

It is unclear at this point how the suspect(s) managed to access the storeroom where the explosives were stored and that triggered an intensive investigation. After a thorough inspection was conducted, it was discovered that 120 Maxam Magex cartridges were stolen. 

It is believed that the reason for the theft of these  explosives might be to supply daring and vicious gangs who are hell bent on committing Cash-In-Transit robberies, ATM bombings and other related violent crimes.

It is against the backdrop of this incident that the Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma is appealing to the community to assist the police in their investigation.

Anyone who has information that may lead to the arrest of suspect(s) and recovery of the explosives, is requested to contact Detective Captain Rian Douglas on 0842304630.


Media Enquiries: Brigadier Leonard Hlathi - 0824620804


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