9 back in prison after blast

2012-10-23 19:09
Johannesburg Prison

Johannesburg Prison

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Three die in prison van blast

2012-10-23 09:15

Police are investigating how an explosive device was smuggled into the back of a prisoner transit vehicle en route to a Johannesburg prison. WATCH

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - Nine prisoners were taken back to jail on Tuesday morning after being treated for the injuries they suffered when an explosive device detonated in the vehicle transporting them from court, police said.

"Five of them [the prisoners in the vehicle at the time] are still in hospital and one is [in a] critical [condition]," said Brigadier Neville Malila.

The prison truck was transporting 36 awaiting-trial prisoners from the Randburg Magistrate's Court to Johannesburg Central Prison on Monday.

"When they arrived at the corner of Naturena and the Old Soweto Highway, the driver heard a big bang. He noted there was a hole in the door and saw two prisoners escape," Malila said. Three prisoners were killed in the blast.

The two prisoners who tried to escape were both recaptured. One of them was shot and wounded by the police, said Malila.

"The three died because of that explosive. The shots that police fired wounded one prisoner in the buttocks. No one died as a result of the shooting."

The wounded prisoner was not badly hurt, and was among those who had been taken back to prison.

Inside job

Malila said all the evidence collected would be sent to the ballistic test unit to determine the type of explosive used.

Correctional services commissioner Tom Moyane said it was not ruling out the possibility of it being an inside job.

However, he was satisfied that all security measures were in place when the prisoners were transported to the court.

He said that once the prisoners were in the van, they were the responsibility of the police.

The police also claimed to have had all their security measures in place.

Cases of murder, possession of explosives, and escape from lawful custody were being investigated.

The Congress of the People (Cope) said the explosion was the result of a system error that needed an urgent attention.

"The minister and his senior managers in correctional services must clean their office and ensure that all involved in what appears to be an inside job are brought to book immediately," Cope MP Dennis Bloem said in a statement.

He questioned the procedure of transporting dangerous prisoners from prison to courts.

"It is mind-boggling to think where the tactical response team was when dangerous criminals were transported, and whether the truck was thoroughly inspected before it left the prison premises."

- SAPA
Read more on:    johannesburg  |  prisons
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Be open, network and share your intentions and ideas as these may be the vital seeds to the imminent change that can be starting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.