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South African Revenue Services (SARS) officers who swooped on a Durban accounting firm got more than they bargained for when they stumbled on a bag filled with explosives and firearms.

The SARS officials immediately alerted the police and the Hawks‚ who were combing through the scene on Thursday afternoon. The explosives were apparently stashed inside a laptop bag at AE Consulting on Durban’s popular Florida Road.

Two hand grenades‚ an Uzi and a pistol were among the cache‚ a SARS official — speaking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media — told TMG Digital.

A Hawks investigator‚ Colonel Eddie Van Rensburg‚ prevented the media from accessing the crime scene and would make no comment.

SARS officials left with the firm’s computer hard drive.

The owner of the firm‚ Amla Essop‚ was reportedly at his mosque during the investigation‚ but his lawyer‚ Devin Moodley‚ said he had no idea where the explosives came from. “There are a lot of people working there and it’s a big office. I have let [Esslop] know about what’s going on.”

SARS had apparently swooped on Essop’s home earlier in the day before heading to his offices‚ which is sandwiched between a popular restaurant and a nightclub on the trendy street.


TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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