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Explosives smuggler denied bail

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By Thupeyo Muleya

A 38-year-old Zimbabwean woman who was recently arrested while smuggling an assortment of explosives into South Africa through Beitbridge Border Post has been denied bail by a Musina Magistrate Court.
Linda Katiyo arrested by Musina police on 28 April at 08h00 during routine border searches.
Limpopo Police spokesperson Constable Maphure Manamela said the accused was remanded in custody to 21 May pending further police investigations.
 She said Katiyo who was travelling in a bus from Zimbabwe, was arrested during routine police operations at the border.
“The bus that she was travelling in had just crossed over when it was directed to the searching bay for inspection.
“During the search, two hundred (200) × units of Superpower 90 Blasting cartridges were recovered in her luggage wrapped inside plastic bags.
“The origin and destination of these explosives will still be determined by the ongoing police investigations. Police investigations are still continuing,” said Cst Manamela.
The smuggling of explosives into South Africa through Beitbridge gas become a perennial headache for border authorities.
The Herald understands that these are used for ATM bombings or illegal mining activities in the neighbouring country, especially in Gauteng and Free State provinces.
Over 40 have been arrested between 2015 and 2017 while smuggling similar contrabands between the two countries.

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