Zimbabwean sentenced to 16-years in jail in South Africa for carrying unauthorised explosives

The Musina Regional Court in Limpopo has sentenced Zimbabwean Prosper Takunda Henry Mumbure to 16 years in prison for carrying illegal explosives into South Africa and missing a court date

According to News24, Mumbure was arrested in November last year after SAPS and SARS officials found unauthorised explosives in his truck. 

NPA spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said Mumbure, 34, was driving from Zimbabwe to South Africa when the authorities searched his vehicle at the Beitbridge border. 

“They found 17 reels of detonating fuse, 1 250 units of connector-capped fuses, and 2 569 units of blasting cartridges, marked solar explosives, hidden in the truck,” said Malabi-Dzhangi.

Malabi-Dzhangi said Mumbure was released on bail, but was a no-show in court on the prescribed date.

A warrant of arrest was issued.

He was subsequently arrested on 4 April.

Malaba-Dzhangi said Mumbure pleaded guilty on Monday.

State prosecutor, Jan Krijt, told the court the explosives were often used in crimes, including ATM bombings, CIT heists and illegal mining – and that it compromised the safety of South Africans and the economy.

Malaba-Dzhangi said: “We hope the sentence will deter would-be offenders of these types of crimes.”

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