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article imageSouth African police foil extremist plot to bomb townships

By Christopher Szabo     May 7, 2010 in Crime
Pretoria - The South African Police Force (SAPF) has foiled a plot by right-wing extremists to plant bombs in Black townships. With just over 30 days to go to the FIFA Soccer World Cup, the SAPF says it seized explosive caches, illegal firearms and explosives.
SkyNews reports five suspects have been arrested in raids across the nation following a firearm amnesty that ended on Apr. 11.
Some arrests were made in the capital, Pretoria, which is also one of the host cities of the upcoming FIFA Soccer 2010 World Cup tournament. South Africa is gearing up to receive some 300,000 foreign visitors in June and July. Independent Online quoted police minister Nathi Mthethwa at a media briefing. He said:
They were planning to go test some of their explosives in any black township.
Mthethwa added that arrests in Pretoria last month involved those who were:
Manufacturing arsenals of destruction.
He said this followed a sweep in a number of areas following the expiry of a three-month firearms amnesty, according to DefenceWeb. Mthethwa said:
Police swept in a number of areas and some of the people had caches of arms and ammunition, paraphernalia.
The website said Mthethwa informed the briefing that some of those arrested were hoping to create a whites-only ”volkstaat,” or republic. Mthethwa rejected the possibility of a race war erupting in the country.
The minister emphasised that the extremists were not a threat to the state and that the World Cup would be safe. He said:
Nobody will disrupt the World Cup; they won't do that because we are monitoring everything in the country.
Digital Journal has reported on some of the preparations by South African security forces ahead of the event.
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