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Hawks arrest cash-in-transit heist explosives dealer

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The Hawks swooped on a 34-year-old suspected cash-in-transit explosives dealer in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said that the suspect was arrested at his home in the Northern Cape province on 25 November.

“In September 2020, the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation received intelligence about a suspect who was selling assembled-explosives in the province. The explosives were allegedly sold to cash-in-transit robbers and ATM bombers,” Maluleka said.

“The information was followed up and since then, the suspect was on the police radar until he was arrested at his home. The arrest was made by the Hawks in collaboration with Limpopo Crime Intelligence,” he said.

Maluleka said that the Hawks believed that the suspect may have been 

selling the explosives to the criminal gangs who blast ATMs and robb cash delivery vehicles in some parts of the Limpopo Province, particularly in the Tzaneen and Burgersfort areas.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Ritavi Magistrates’ court on Friday 26 November 2021 where he will face a charge of contravening the Explosives Act 15 of 2003.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident the Hawks arrested a woman at home in a private residential estate, who is facing charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to millions of rands. 

Hawks arrest alleged BEE fraudster in estate

A Hawks spokesperson said that the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team had arrested the 45-year-old woman at her home in an estate in Midrand for alleged fraud and money laundering.

“The team executed a warrant of arrest after a lengthy investigation into a complaint of fraudulent activities. It is alleged that the suspect defrauded the complainant of more than R16.3 million,” the spokesman said.

The Hawks spokesperson said that the suspect who is alleged to be the victim’s black economic empowerment partner allegedly used money meant for business purposes for personal gain.

“Two of the vehicles allegedly bought using that cash were seized. Asset Forfeiture Unit is on board as the investigation continues,” he said.

The suspected is expected to appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Friday.

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