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Rustenburg - A Mozambican national has been arrested for possession of explosives in Boitekong, near Rustenburg, North West police said on Friday.

“On Thursday, members of the K9 Phokeng and Rustenburg explosives and bomb disposal unit followed up information about a certain house in Boitekong where explosives were apparently hidden,” Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said in a statement.

Police found five blasters, 18 electric detonators, and 50 blasting current indicators in the house.

Mokgwabone said the 28-year-old's arrest would help police crack syndicates involved in underground copper cable theft from mines.

The man was expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Monday on a charge of possession of illegal explosives.