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Gauteng ATM bombings – 3 Arrested with dye-stained money, explosives and firearms

Three suspects possibly linked to ATM bombings in and around Gauteng have been arrested by the South African Police Service (SAPS) Tactical Response Teams (TRT) on Saturday morning in Tembisa, Gauteng.

In their possession, police found dye-stained money, explosives as well as four firearms and ammunition.

Police were following up on intelligence driven information when they identified the first suspect. The 44-year-old South African national was cornered and his vehicle searched. Dye-stained money was found in the boot of his vehicle.

Two more suspects, a Lesotho national aged 35-years of age and a 28-year-old Mozambican national were both arrested at a house in the same area. They too were found with dye-stained money as well as unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as explosives.

The Acting National Commissioner of the SAPS, Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili says police are mobilising all resources to clamp down on serious and violent crimes.

“Well done to the Erkurhuleni and Tshwane TRT for succesfully tracking down these criminals. Evidence in their possession indicates to us we have the right suspects who have been involved in a spate of ATM bombings. Our communities are also cautioned not to accept or pick up dye-stained money as these monies have no value and they also may be investigated as being part of these syndicates”, said Lt Gen Mosikili.

The trio will appear before the Tembisa Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of being in possession of dye-stained money, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and the illegal possession of explosives.

SAPS Newsroom

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