Police say they have found military explosive devices and equipment in Benoni in East Rand, Gauteng.
They followed up on information that the explosives were to be delivered to illegal miners in the area.
Police recovered a box containing seven hand grenades, one CS smoke generator, a military detonator, a military tester and eighteen military switches.
Police spokeswoman Atlenda Mate said: “To ensure the safety and security of the surrounding communities, one of the hand grenades, which was found to be unstable, was destroyed at the scene (on site) to prevent any injury and damage of property. A multidisciplinary team has been dispatched to monitor the area to make possible arrests. An investigation was also registered to establish the origin of the explosive devices and equipment.
In the video below, police find military explosive devices and equipment in Benoni, Johannesburg:
About 20 people were charged with possession of illegal firearms and ammunition in October. They also faced charges that included conspiracy to commit robbery and illegal gold mining.
In the video below, 20 people arrested in connection with illegal mining in the North West will appear in court