The Hawks have arrested a 60-year-old retired pastor who also served in the military at his Middelburg home in Mpumalanga in connection with an alleged terror plot.
Harry Johannes Knoesen, self-proclaimed leader of the National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM), was arrested Thursday by members of the Hawks unit for crime against the state.
Brig. Hawks spokeswoman Hangwani Mulaudzi said Knoesen’s arrest came after a two-year extensive intelligence-driven investigation into an alleged terror plot that was apparently coordinated by the group to target national key points, shopping centers and informal settlements.
Charged with terrorism-related activities related to the Protection of the Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorism and Related Activities and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He has already appeared in court and the case has been postponed until Monday when he will apply for legal aid.
According to Mulaudzi, Knoesen’s other home in the Eastern Cape was also searched and explosives, electronic devices, documents and an unlicensed firearm and ammunition were seized for further investigation.
Meanwhile, a warrant has also been issued for the arrest of Riana Heymans in connection with the case.
“Any member of the public who offers her accommodation is in breach of the Constitutional Democracy Protection Against Terrorism and Related Activities Act. She is being sought for interrogation in connection with the activities of the NCRM. “