Date: 07 August 2018 By: Andries van Zyl
The three suspects arrested at the Beit Bridge border post over the weekend after police and customs officials found a large consignment of explosives in the truck they were travelling in all briefly appeared in the Musina Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
The three - two men, Murino Floyd (26) en Tondorai Munthisi (33), and a woman, the 37-year-old Tichavanwe Supai - were all denied bail and their case was postponed until 13 August, pending further police investigations.
The court apperance follows their apprehension during a joint stop-and-search operation that was conducted on Saturday, 4 August, at the border post. Their truck was stopped for scanning purposes and the authorities subsequently recovered 750 explosive blasting caps and three rolls of explosive cabling with an estimated street value of R300 000.
“The origin and destination of these explosives are still being determined,” said provincial police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe.
Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.