A Malawian woman who was arrested for allegedly possessing dangerous explosives in Pretoria, South Africa, is suspected to be involved in terrorism activities, the South Africa National Prosecution Authority told the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court this week.
The suspect, Yamikani Chitani, 25, from Thekerani, Thyolo, was arrested two weeks ago together with seven Bangladesh nationals after police were tipped that the group was keeping explosives and illegal drugs.
Chitani was denied bail last Monday after a State prosecutor told the court that Chitani and her accomplices have strong links with a terrorist organisation, and as such pose a great danger to society if they are granted bail.
She further told the court that the explosives the suspects were found with belong to the South Africa Surveyors Organisation (Sasso), a soil survey organisation, which is only allowed to use the explosives for civil engineering works.
But defence attorney Sizwe Lindelo Snail accused the State of mistreating his clients when it had no evidence that the accused were terrorists.
The case was adjourned to a later date when the defence is expected to appeal against the bail ruling.