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A 27-year-old Zimbabwean citizen was remanded in custody by the Barberton magistrate’s court earlier today after he was arrested during a multidisciplinary tactical operation on Friday.

Zimbabwean citizen appears in Barberton court for possession of explosives

A 27-year-old Zimbabwean citizen was remanded in custody by the Barberton magistrate’s court earlier today after he was arrested during a multidisciplinary tactical operation on Friday.

Thaimo Ndlovu was arrested at Emjindini, Barberton, for possession of explosives and the contravention of the Immigration Act.

Police followed up on information that led them to the premises of the suspect in Barberton.

Nine electronic detonators, 14 shock tube assemblies, 16 blasting cartridges, six industrial drilling bits, and 104m detonating cord were found during the search.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, spokesperson for the Hawks in Mpumalanga, says a preliminary investigation established that the explosives had been imported from Zimbabwe.

The provincial head of the Hawks, Major General Nico Gerber, hailed the work of the team.

“Illegal explosives are used during the execution of various serious crimes. This operation is one of many where the Hawks are collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure the safety of our communities,” he said.

The case was postponed to 9 February for bail information and 14 February for bail application.

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