Police uncover arms cache in De Deur

Police were combing a house in De Deur, south of Johannesburg where a weapons and explosives cache was...

South African Police Service officers on duty. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Police were combing a house in De Deur, south of <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg where a weapons and explosives cache was uncovered on Wednesday.

The flying squad was tipped off about stolen electrical appliances at the house but they discovered a lot more.

While searching the house, police found seven hunting rifles, an R5 and two handguns in a cupboard in the main bedroom.

They also found hand grenades, stun grenades and explosives, similar to those used in ATM bombings.

There were also about 50 cars on the property, three of which were confirmed stolen and the rest were being checked by police’s Vehicle Tracing Unit.

Two suspects were questioned inside the double-storey house but police would not comment on their possible involvement at the crime scene.

Investigators also refused to speculate whether they had cracked a major crime syndicate but the sentiment was clear, they believe they had begun the year by dealing a harsh blow to organised crime.