Cop arrested for prison truck blast

2012-11-05 18:05

Johannesburg - A Randburg police officer was arrested on Monday after being linked to last month's prison truck blast, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said.

The officer was a court orderly at the Randburg Magistrate's Court, said spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

"A witness identified [him] in court today (on Monday) and he was arrested on the spot."

The officer allegedly smuggled an explosive device to the prisoners who had been appearing in court.

The device was detonated in the truck as it travelled between the Golden Highway and the N12 outside Naturena on 22 October.

At the time, 36 awaiting-trial prisoners were being transported back to the Johannesburg Central Prison.

Three prisoners died in the explosion.

Two prisoners tried to escape, but were recaptured.

The arrested policeman would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He would face three charges of murder, 29 of attempted murder, one charge each of unlawful possession of explosives and aiding and abetting escape from lawful custody.

"Other arrests are possible," Dlamini said.

Four prisoners appeared in court on 26 October to face charges related to the blast.

Dan Mabona, Ephraim Moyo, James Motsiti, and Raymond Moyo, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of explosives, and malicious damage to property.

Their case was postponed to December for further investigation.

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-05 18:19

    They are lead by example

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-05 20:36

      The brass helping their criminal brass, from grass roots up to government level - all the same.

      art5SA - 2012-11-05 21:18

      AAAAH.... Those 'hard working' fellows in the South African "POLICE FARCE".... What a joke South Africa has become..... under the ANC!

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2012-11-05 18:22

    i wonder how much this bastard was promised such that he ddnt care about other pple's innocent souls hope his can rot in jail

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-11-06 06:08

      Propably fifty bucks. Randburg cops are really easy and cheap to buy.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-11-05 18:29

    corrupt president, corrupt senior government officials lead to corrupt officials .Everyone wants a piece of corrupt cheese cake and will do whatever it takes we want bellypot too

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-05 18:35

    Just another upstanding member of the SAPS!!!

      MallyGold - 2012-11-05 18:55

      Yes, he's probably one of the very best they've got.

  • headman.waai - 2012-11-05 18:40

    He is so young and greedy to think only about what he will get not,about the outcome of what he was doing. At least he is Stupid and less defenseless ministers in the Presidency

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-11-05 19:01

    that's the result you get when you don't know your what an offensive hand grenade couldv'e done...

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-05 19:03

    OMG bring the cop down to the community mob justice we will finish with him if we dont have who to trust we need to help oureselves cause we are not lame. fight against crime must be oure first priority as a nation then the rest must follow.

  • godesha - 2012-11-05 19:35

    Thought so.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-05 20:22

    If this cop is convicted by of the charges he face,he should be killed too,thats the only appropriate punishment he must get. Life imprisonment isn't enough.

      art5SA - 2012-11-05 21:20

      Pull the GRANADE PIN... and drop it down his pants....

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-05 20:34

    This Cop, if proven guilty, is the typical person I would like to feature on Strikeback. No one should employ such a person accidentally. Support

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-11-06 00:42

    not the smartest out there are they

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-11-06 04:38

    ow akunzima kwelilizwe

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-06 08:35

    Thieves in blue.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-06 10:44

    looks like police force is full of criminals, and how do criminals fight against crime, i guess we are on our own to fight crime.

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