Man taken in for questioning over discovery of grenades at Durban accounting firm


Man taken in for questioning over discovery of grenades at Durban accounting firm

Bongani Mthethwa | 2017-06-09 13:05:29.0

Hawks Colonel Eddie Van Rensburg talks to attorney Devon Moodely, who represents Amla Essop, whose Florida Road offices were raided by SARS and The Hawks on Thursday. Two hand grenades and two firearms were found in the office.


The Hawks have questioned a man in connection with explosives and firearms that were discovered during a raid on a Durban accounting firm.

KwaZulu-Natal Hawks spokesman Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said the man was taken in for questioning after Thursday’s swoop by SA Revenue Service officers on AE Consulting in Frorida Road.

“No one has been arrested. We’re busy with the investigation and we can’t divulge any information at this stage because the person has not been charged. He was just taken in for questioning and to obtain a statement‚” said Mhlongo.

His identity has not been revealed.

SARS officers got more than they bargained for when they stumbled upon a bag of explosives and firearms at the accounting firm’s offices.

The explosives were apparently stashed in a laptop bag.

Two hand grenades‚ an Uzi and a pistol were among the cache.

SARS officials immediately alerted the police and the Hawks and they left with the firm’s computer hard drive.

Earlier in the day‚ SARS had apparently swooped on the home of the firm’s owner‚ Amla Essop‚ who was reportedly at mosque during the raid at the offices.

Through his lawyer‚ Devin Moodley‚ Essop said he had no idea where the explosives came from as there are a lot of people working inside the “big office”.

-TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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