Russian ship detained in South Africa over weapons cargoStaff Writer | August 24, 2018
South African police said that they had boarded a Russian-registered cargo ship allegedly carrying illegal weapons and explosives en route to Lagos, Nigeria.
Africa "We are aware that she has dangerous cargo"
"We are aware that she has dangerous cargo - explosives and weapons - on board," Olwethu Mdabula, spokeswoman for the Transnet state transport company told AFP.
She declined to give further details.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the Hawks police investigative unit, confirmed to AFP that the vessel was carrying weapons.
"This is a very, very sensitive matter. It is receiving attention," he said.
Local reports said police had searched the vessel after an anonymous tip-off and found weapons and explosives worth about $3.5 million in 20 containers on board. ■