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21 August 2020

Rustenburg – Three suspects will have to explain how they acquired explosives and cartridges associated with mining activities when their trial gets underway at the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court.

Odettet Victor, Joseph Mboweni and David Mhlongo made their initial appearance at the court on Monday 17 August following their arrest for illegal possession of explosives. The trio was nabbed in Marikana after police discovered the explosives while searching the vehicle they were travelling in.

“Police were conducting a stop and search operation when they stopped a white Mercedes Benz C180 at about 18:30. Six expogel V8 blasting cartridges and one shock tube assembly were discovered in the vehicle,” police spokesperson captain Elsabé Augoustides said.

The suspects, who are from Tembisa in the Gauteng province, are expected to apply for bail during their next court appearance on Monday 24 August. Commissioner for Bojanala Sub-District 2 major general Arthur Adams commended the police for the breakthrough and the removal of the explosives from the wrong hands.

Six expogel V8 blasting cartridges were confiscated.
A shock tube assembly was discovered in the vehicle.

 

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