SOUTH AFRICAN COURT DENIES BAIL FOR TRIO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES

MUSINA, SOUTH AFRICA-- Three people found in possession of explosives have been denied bail by the Magistrates Court in Musina in the northern province of Limpopo, the South African Police Service (SAPS) says.

The trio -- Murino Floyd, 26, Tondorai Munthisi, 33, and Tichavanwe Supai, 37 -- appeared briefly in court here Tuesday following their arrest Sunday at the Beitbridge Border Post on the South Africa-Zimbabwe border.

The two men and woman were denied bail and had their case postponed to next week.

They were all denied bail and their case was postponed to 13 August for further police investigation, said Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

The trio were apprehended during a sting joint stop and search operation. Their truck was stopped at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) scanner for scanning purposes.

Upon scanning, a suspicious image inside the trailer horse of the truck was identified and subsequently recovered explosives with the estimated street value of 300,000 Rand (about 22,500 US dollars).

The consignment was made up of 750 blasting cartridge explosives and three rolls of explosive cables.

The origin and destination of the explosives are still being determined.

The truck was also confiscated.

Police investigations are still continuing, said Ngoepe.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK