Hawks nab woman linked to terror group

Hawks nab woman linked to terror group

The Hawks have arrested Riana Heymans in connection with the planning of terror attacks in South Africa. 

Riana Heymans

Heymans is part of the National Christian Resistance Movement, also known as the Crusaders, which the Hawks believe planned to blow up national key points, shopping malls and informal settlements.

The crime-fighting unit’s spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says Heymans was arrested on Friday evening alongside two accomplices in Kliprivier, Johannesburg. 

"Various firearms and ammunition, documents and other items were confiscated by the Criminal Record Centre (CRC) for further probing,” says Mulaudzi.

"The three suspects will appear on Monday at the Middelburg Magistrate Court together with Harry Johannes Knoesen.

Knoesen, the group’s 60-year-old leader, was arrested in Middelburg on Thursday on terror-related charges.  

"They are all charged with contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorism and Related Activities Act as well harbouring a wanted suspect in terms of the same act,” Mulaudzi adds.

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