A man was convicted on charges of dealing in explosives and sentenced to 15 years behind bars on Tuesday afternoon. Vusi Kaizer Mabunda (40), was convicted for dealing in explosives by the Lulekani Magistrate’s Court following his arrest last year.
Mabunda was arrested in Lulekani township outside Phalaborwa on the 2nd of February 2018, and charged for dealing in explosives following an undercover operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit. The investigating team seized various explosives which amongst others included electric detonators, shock tube assembly explosives, a bentonite booster, bulk explosive mixer and detonating fuses valued at approximately R37 000.
Further investigations revealed that Mabunda was employed by a local mining company and that he sold the explosives to suspects linked to Cash in Transit vehicles and Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) bombings. After making numerous court appearances, Mabunda was granted bail until he was recently convicted.
The court has sentenced Mabunda to an effective fifteen years direct imprisonment without an option of a fine for contravening the Explosives Act.