CAPE TOWN, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- The ringleader behind a plot to overthrow the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government has been arrested in Cape Town, authorities announced on Sunday.
The man, who was arrested on Friday, would be moved to Pretoria to face charges under the Foreign Military Assistance Act, according to South Africa's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation.
"We've arrested the man who was the ringleader in the plot to overthrow DRC president (Joseph Kabila)," spokesman Paul Ramoloko said without identifying the man.
The suspect would appear in the Pretoria Regional Court next week, Ramoloko said.
The arrest brought to 20 the total number of people detained for alleged involvement in the plot to ovethrow the DRC government.
Police arrested 19 DRC rebels on Tuesday in the Limpopo Province after months of investigation. The group came to South Africa to receive specialised military training to overthrow the DRC government, according to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
It remains unknown how many DRC rebels have come to South Africa, but SA police said at least two more rebels were on the run after the operation. On Thursday, the 19 suspects, one of them a U.S. citizen, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court to face charges of attempting to overthrow the DRC government through military means.
The South African government has repeatedly said it is opposed to any move to overthrow a government through military means.