Two suspects aged 34 and 43 have appeared in Brits Magistrates Court on 22 June 2015 on Unlawful Possession of Explosives following the information that the police had about the arrested suspects.
The information that was supplied to the police revealed that the arrested suspects were on their way to exchange the explosives for money at Moderspruit in Mooinooi, the police pursued the information and successfully managed to apprehend the suspects in possession of the explosives.
One of the arrested suspects is a Mozambican National and he is also an employee of one of the mines in Bapong area. All suspects have been remanded in custody and they will appear again in Brits Magistrates Court on 03 July 2015. Investigation continues.
On the other hand, a suspect aged 30 was arrested on Friday 19 June 2015 in Hartbeespoortdam dam near the dam by Hartbeespoortdam Police. The incident took place at about 23:55 where the police got a tip off from one of the community member who alleged that were two suspects plotting to commit housebreaking at Peacan Wood Estate on the same day of the arrest.
Therefore the police together with the patrolling security of the area managed to trace the suspects who were cruising by boat (Canoe). The suspects after realising that they were followed by the police, they attempted to sail faster to abscond the arrest but they could not manage to control the boat and fell inside the dam, one suspect tried to swim to the bank of the dam but failed and got arrested by the police while the other suspect vanished inside the water until he was found drown on Monday 22 June 2015 at around 11:00 by Hartbeespoortdam Police Divers.
The unknown suspect (drowned) was taken to Brits Government Mortuary for post-mortem and at the stage it is still not clear what could have been the cause to the death of the suspect(the deceased was found in possession of sword and cell phone when he was retrieved from the water). The other suspect appeared in Brits Magistrates Court for having been in possession of housebreaking implements because when he was arrested he had 2 Crow bars and panga in his possession. Investigation continues. Media statement by Mpeile Talane (WARRANT Officer) Corporate Communication South African Police Service Brits.