Tuesday, December 31, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE, SAPA) Zim woman in SA court over explosives
13/11/2013 00:00:00

A ZIMBABWEAN woman arrested in possession of explosives will apply for bail at the Musina Magistrate's Court in Limpopo on Wednesday. Elitha Sibanda was arrested during routine checks on buses from Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post last month.

Sibanda, who has already appeared in court on charges of un-authorised importation, supply or possession of explosives or incendiary devices, had the case postponed because the state was not yet ready to proceed with the bail application.

Upon arrest she was found to be in possession of 26 plastic cartridges and 100 detonators. The explosives are similar to those usually used during ATM bombings and illegal mining.

Police, however, say while the consignment was from Zimbabwe, it is not clear where the suspect was taking them and for what purpose.

Police preliminary investigations have yielded that the 23-year-old woman could have been just a mule.

Sibanda, who holds a valid Zimbabwean passport, has been living in the Mathole squatter camp in Roodepoort west of Johannesburg for the past two years.

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