Hawks arrest ‘Crusaders terrorist movement’ leader, discover suspected explosives factory – Harry Knoesen – Riana Heymans

[This is news from late last night. Jan]

The self-professed leader of the National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM), Harry Knoesen, was arrested on Thursday by the Hawks at his Mpumalanga home on terrorism-related charges.

The Hawks are also on the hunt for Riana Heymans who is wanted for questioning on the activities of the NCRM.

In a statement on Friday, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said they have been gathering intelligence on the NCRM, also known as the Crusaders, for the past two years.

"The arrest follows a two-year extensive intelligence-led investigation into the alleged terrorist plot apparently co-ordinated by the group to target national key points, shopping malls and informal settlements," Mulaudzi added.

Knoesen, 60, is a former national defence force member and retired pastor. He was apprehended and charged for terrorism-related activities in contravention of the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorism and Related Activities Act as well as the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

His case has been postponed to December 2 for legal aid representation.

A search at his other residence in the Eastern Cape, according to the Hawks, uncovered a possible explosives factory, electronic devices and documents as well an unlicenced firearm and ammunition that have been seized for further analysis.

Meanwhile, the Hawks have secured a warrant of the arrest for Heymans.

The Hawks have secured a warrant for the arrest of

The Hawks are searching for Riana Heymans who is wanted for questioning on the activities of the NCRM. (Supplied/Hawks)

Mulaudzi sounded a strong warning that "any member of the public found to be harbouring her" was in ”contravention of section 12 of the act".

Source: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/hawks-arrest-crusaders-terrorist-movement-leader-discover-suspected-explosives-factory-20191129

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