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Terrorist 'Crusaders' movement planned to 'create havoc' across SA - Hawks

2 December 2019 11:33 AM
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Four members of the National Christian Resistance Movement, or the Crusaders, are appearing in court over an alleged terror plot.

The Hawks says members of an alleged right-wing terror group had been plotting to plant bombs in shopping malls, informal settlements, army bases and police stations.

Three members of the National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM), also known as the Crusaders, were arrested over the weekend.

This after the group’s apparent leader Harry Knoesen was nabbed and appeared in court in Mpumalanga last Friday.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi says Knoesen is a former member of South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

RELATED: Terror expert says Christian terror suspect a lone individual seeking attention

He describes the NCRM movement as a cult which perpetuates hatred and racism.

The Hawks are working closely with Crime Intelligence to arrest other key suspects who are on their radar, Mulaudzi says.

We've managed to uncover a lot of information based on allegations that they wanted to create havoc in the country.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - Hawks

This is a formation that is perpetuating issues of hatred and racism.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - Hawks

They wanted to create havoc by planting bombs in shopping malls.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - Hawks

All four suspects arrested are appearing in court in Middleburg this morning, according to EWN.

Listen to the update on Today with Kieno Kammies:


2 December 2019 11:33 AM
Tags:
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Terrorism
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Middleburg Magistrates Court
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Harry Knoesen
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