Stilfontein man found in possession of hand grenades in court

A 38-year-old foreign national is due in the Stilfontein magistrate’s court on Monday for the alleged possession of 14 hand grenades.

He was arrested at the weekend after a police officer received information about a man in possession of explosives in extension 6, Khuma location near Stilfontein in North West.

Provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena, said upon following up, the officer found the suspect at the corner of Marumole and Lekoma streets and searched him. Fourteen hand grenades were found in his possession.

“As a result, the suspect was immediately arrested for unlawfully being in possession of explosives, thus contravening section 128 of the Explosives Act, 1956 [Act No 26 of 1956],” said Kwena.

“Furthermore, it was established that the suspect is an undocumented person and will be processed in terms of section 49[1][b] of the Immigration Act, 2013 [Act No 13 of 2002].”

The matter will be investigated by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks.

Kwena congratulated the police officer for his “speedy reaction and bravery”, as it averted a tragedy. He also thanked the community for being the ears and eyes of the police.


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