The discovery near Orania has raised questions about what, exactly, the suspect was planning to do with these illegal explosives.

SAPS have praised officials working in the Hopetown district of the Northern Cape, after they discovered a trove of illicit ammunition and explosives at a plot near Orania. A 48-year-old man was swiftly arrested on Wednesday.


A court appearance beckons for the offender, as law enforcement officials try to uncover why the male suspect had such a large collection of illegal goods. Dozens of rounds of shotgun ammunition, more than 60 blanks, and even a trip flare were amongst the items found at the plot.

The police were tipped off by a concerned member of the public, which led to the operation being carried out yesterday. It didn’t take the search team long to find what they were looking for…


SAPS confirmed all the major details in a recently released press statement. The suspect, apprehended at the plot near Orania, has been charged with the illegal possession of ammunition and unauthorised explosives:

“Lt Col Jooste and his members operationalised the information which led them to a plot near Orania. After searching the identified premises, Hopetown SAPS assisted by members of the De Aar Explosives unit discovered a trip flair, 41 rounds of shotgun ammunition, 61 blank rounds, and six rounds of .22 ammunition.”

“A 48-year-old male was arrested and charged with illegal possession of ammunition and unauthorised explosives and will soon appear in the Hopetown Magistrates’ court. SAPS will continue unabatedly to tighten the grip on crime during the festive season. The police are urging the public to continue to provide information regarding criminal activities.”

SAPS statement

By Daniel

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