Cops say Mathews Phosa bomb scare found to be ‘hoax’

A call alerting staff at lawyer Mathews Phosa’s law practice about a bomb planted inside the building has been discovered to be nothing but a hoax, the police said on Friday.

“The bomb specialists discovered a suspicious looking parcel inside the building after a thorough search. That parcel turned out to be an electric pressure plate placed in a box,” police spokesman Colonel Motsholi Bhembe said.

Police were called on Friday morning to the Du Toit-Smuts & Mathews Phosa Attorneys building in the Mbombela inner city after a call was made by four unknown people that there was bomb in the building.

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Bhembe said the box was thoroughly analysed but what was found was not a bomb.

“At the end, it turned out that the calls were nothing but a hoax,” he said.

He said a charge of bomb threat has been opened and called on the public to assist them with any information regarding the issue.

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Phosa says office bomb threat has to do with congress

Police were called to the building on Friday morning to search for the bomb.

African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa has condemned the bomb threat that targeted the attorneys’ offices where he is a partner in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, only two days after launching his campaign in the province.

Phosa, who was not in the province at the time, said he received a phone call on Friday morning about bomb threats made to the office.

“I wasn’t there. I got a call from one of my young partners who asked if I heard about it. This is sickening,” he said.

“It worries me that this happens two days after the launch of our campaign in the province. Why does it happen? It must be condemned,” he said.

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Phosa said he was concerned about the threat following a break-in at one of his campaign offices in August where a server with sensitive campaign intelligence was stolen.

Phosa, a former treasurer general of the ANC and Premier of Mpumalanga, has been a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma.

He is also a hopeful for the ANC presidency ahead of  the elective conference in December this year.

“This is the third incident. We’ve received similar threats. There has been a lot of violence in Mpumalanga and it worries me. What do they fear in the battle of ideas “he said.

“It challenges the myth that it is a united province,” he said.

Phosa called on the police to investigate the matter and find the perpetrators.

“The police must take it seriously and investigate it and get to the bottom of this. We can’t have it happen in South Africa,” he said.

Mbombela police spokesman Captain Dawie Pretorius confirmed the bomb threats and said police would release a statement later on Friday.

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