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Vigilance by police in Gauteng leads to the swift apprehension of three suspected ATM bombers in Fourways

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


PARKTOWN - The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng remains resolute in preventing, combatting and investigating serious and violent crime in a concerted effort to create a safe and secure environment for all.

On Tuesday, 11 October 2022 detectives of SAPS Gauteng Provincial Head Office's Serious and Violent Crime (SVC) unit along with Johannesburg K9 unit members arrested three suspects in Fourways on charges that include possession of explosives, unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

A preliminary report suggests the SAPS members followed up on information regarding the whereabouts of suspects possibly linked to ATM bombing incidents. While driving along William Nicol Drive in Fourways the members identified the suspects' vehicles at a local filling station.

Shortly after the members intercepted the suspects' vehicles to search, but one suspect fled on foot and managed to evade arrest. A search led the members to recover various explosive-related items such as gel tubes, shock tube assemblies and electrical shock tube starters. Police also recovered breaking implements, two unlicensed firearms with their serial numbers filed off and ammunition.

In a separate incident today, police in Tshwane arrested a suspect in Hammanskraal, after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm, magazines and more than 130 rounds of live ammunition that includes those of AK-47 rifle.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Magistrates' court in due course.

Community members are urged to report the crime to their nearest police station, SAPS Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or leave an anonymous tip-off on the MySAPS App.


Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo
071 608 5490


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