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Man arrested for possession of illegal explosives

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has appreciated the collaborative effort by police at Witbank and CSC Tactical Security Company. This comes after they arrested a 55-year-old man for alleged possession of illegal explosives in the early hours of this morning.

According to the police report, guards from CSC Tactical Security Company were on duty monitoring CCTV footage at Marelden Estate, when they noticed a group of suspects in balaclavas, believed to be armed, passing the premises. They then called the police for backup.

When the suspects noticed the security guards they ran into the bushes. It is further reported that a shootout ensued. They (guards) managed to apprehend one suspect who was found with a bag full of explosives while the others managed to flee. He was then arrested and charged for possession of explosives and police cannot rule out the possibility of adding more charges against him as the investigation continues.

The suspect will appear at the Emalahleni Magistrate's Court tomorrow, 30 June 2022.

Police request anyone with information that will help locate the remaining suspects to contact Colonel One Thobejane on 082 372 2195 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MySAPS App. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The Provincial Commissioner, has commended the collaborative efforts by the members of the Security Cluster which yielded positive results.


Brigadier Selvy Mohlala
071 353 6955



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