THREE suspected Zimbabweans were arrested at Beitbridge Border Post yesterday for allegedly attempting to smuggle $30 000 worth of explosives into neighbouring South Africa.
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The explosives, 750 blasting cartridges and three rolls of explosive cables, were stashed in a horse of a truck, which has also been confiscated, South African Police Service (Saps) spokesperson for Limpopo province Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said.
“A truck was stopped at the South African Revenue Services and a suspicious image inside the horse of the truck was identified and subsequently recovered. It was a consignment of explosives with the estimated street value of R300 000,” he said.
“Subsequent to these recoveries, three suspects aged between 36 and 45 were arrested for possession of explosives.”
Ngoepe said the origins and destination of the explosives was still to be ascertained, while the suspects are expected to appear before a Musina magistrate today.
It is the third time this year that people have been arrested for illegal possession of explosives at the South African side of the border post.
Two consignments of explosives were intercepted separately at Beitbridge early this year and police suspected the smugglers could be linked to criminals blowing open cash-in-transit vans and automated teller machines in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
Last week, a Zimbabwean man was shot and killed near Modimolle on the N1 Highway during a robbery of a Zimbabwe-bound minibus.