CAHORA BASSA DAM FOUR HEAD TO SA

MAPUTO - Four foreigners arrested in Mozambique for allegedly trying to sabotage the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric dam were reportedly leaving for South Africa yesterday.

MAPUTO - Four foreigners arrested in Mozambique for allegedly trying to sabotage the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric dam were reportedly leaving for South Africa yesterday.

The four men, who had been held since April 21, would fly to Johannesburg since their vehicle had mechanical faults, one of the detainees, Carlos da Silva, was quoted ashaving said by the daily independent O Pais newspaper yesterday.

The four were nabbed after they were caught throwing a substance called "orgonite" into the dam.

According to local media reports the four were released after tests conducted on the orgonite revealed it was not harmful to people or to marine life.

German Georg Ritschl, Botswana national Tino Phuthego, Portuguese national Da Silva and South African Joseph Ngwato were arrested for putting a "highly corrosive" substance into the lake.

On May 5 police spokesperson Pedro Cossa said in Maputo that the police had confiscated about 500kg of orgonite.

Cahora Bassa, Southern Africa's biggest hydro-electric dam, is owned by the Mozambican government. The country exports about 80percent of the facility's 2000 megawatt output to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. - Sapa

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