Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

14 September 2022

The duo arrested at the N17 Sasol garage appeared before the Secunda Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 15 September 2022 after they were arrested during a multidisciplinary operation conducted by the Secunda and Head Office based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Secunda Crime Intelligence and Explosives Unit at Evander for illegal possession of explosives.

The arrest came after the team reacted on information about the suspects who were in possession of explosives looking for buyers.

The authority for entrapment was granted and the said operation was executed on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.

The suspects approached the agent as arranged at the service station and they handed over the bags of explosives.

They were immediately apprehended.

The suspects were charged with dealing in explosives and they were detained pending their first court appearance.

The closer inspection revealed a total of 46 electronic detonators which they were selling for R10 000-00 with a total of an estimated value of R130 000-00.

Mphilo Nkosi (39) and Oupa Sebande (50) were remanded in custody and the case was postponed to 21 September 2022 for formal bail application and the police are currently continuing with the investigation in this matter.