Woman nabbed with explosives at border


A 23-year-old Zimbabwean woman was on Wednesday evening arrested in Musina, South Africa, for possessing dangerous explosives and detonators, South African police confirmed yesterday.


Elitha Sibanda was arrested in Limpopo province after an Express Motorways bus she was travelling in and heading to Johannesburg was stopped at a roadblock for a routine police search.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesperson of Limpopo police, told Southern Eye Sibanda is currently detained in Musina pending court appearance.

“She faces charges of unauthorised importation, supply or possession of explosives or incendiary devices,” Mulaudzi said, but did not say when she would appear in court.

Mulaudzi had earlier indicated Sibanda was nabbed by members of the South African police’s bomb squad summoned by the police after the discovery of the explosives.

“The woman was allegedly arrested while travelling in a bus from Zimbabwe to South Africa at Beitbridge following a routine police search. While busy searching the suspect’s luggage, members were surprised to discover 26 plastic cartridges and 100 detonators. Members from the bomb disposal unit were summoned and confirmed that the woman was carrying explosives,” Mulaudzi added.