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Cape Town business man arrested in connection with ‘terrorist plot’

The businessman was found in possession of a firearm, explosives and explosive devices.

A Cape Town businessman was arrested in Kuils River in connection with a terrorist plot and is believed to have ties with the National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM).

The Hawks descended on the 46-year-old’s business premises in Kuils River, Cape Town and arrested him for the illegal possession of a firearm, explosives and explosive devices on 5 December. This followed a two-year Hawks investigation into an alleged terrorist plot by the group to target national key points, shopping malls and informal settlements.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said: “The suspect is believed to have links with the four other suspects who have already been arrested and charged for alleged terrorist activities.”

Mulaudzi said the man was arrested after the Hawks received information from crime intelligence which suggested that the man might be linked to the NCRM, which subsequently led to the search and seizure operation at his business premises.

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Last week, Harry Knoesen, the leader of the movement was arrested in his Mpumalanga home, were police unearthed a possible explosives factory.

Knoesen’s arrest was followed by three other arrests, all in connection with the alleged terrorist plot.

Riana Heymans, was arrested in Kliprivier, Johannesburg, police confiscated various firearms and documentation for further probing.

Heymans 54, together with her brothers, Eric Abrams, 55, and Errol Abrams, 49, appeared briefly with Knoesen in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

More: news24

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