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Heist explosives stolen from KZN mine

Explosives, commonly used in cash-in-transit heists, have been stolen from the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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Police have confirmed the robbery of at least 200kg of explosives at the ZAC last week.


It’s understood that the explosives stolen are similar to the ones used to blow up ATM’s and cash-in-transit vehicles.


Provincial police spokesperson, Thulani Zwane, says detectives are trying to trace the stolen goods.


 “No arrests have been made and the matter is still under investigation. We can’t disclose much information regarding this case, it is at a very sensitive stage. We are aware that some of these explosives can be used during ATM bombings and so on, but we cannot confirm.”


The robbery took place on June 6 but Zwane cannot say how the thieves managed to flee with the explosives. 


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Meanwhile, the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, National Commissioner Khehla Sitole and various other law enforcement agencies appeared before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police on Wednesday.


Concerns have been raised over the easy accessibility of the ammunition used in the recent spate of cash-in-transit heists experienced across the country.


At least 180 heists have taken place since the beginning of the year.

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