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Cop link in prison truck blast bemoaned

2012-11-06 14:29

Johannesburg - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) is disappointed that a policeman was linked to last month's prison truck blast, it said on Tuesday.

"The union is disappointed that a police officer is a suspect in the crime which could have led to the escape of dangerous awaiting-trial prisoners and the untimely death of a number of people, including police officers," said spokesperson Theto Mahlakoana.

She said the union had always called on all members of the police and other security institutions to ensure their hands were clean of any wrongdoing.

"We also hope that the arrest will serve as a lesson to all officers of the law who may be contemplating taking part in criminal activities."

Court orderly

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said a Randburg police officer was arrested on Monday after being linked to the prison truck blast.

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

The officer allegedly smuggled an explosive device to the prisoners who had appeared at the court.
The device was detonated while the truck was travelling between the Golden Highway and the N12, outside Naturena, on Monday, October 22.

At the time, 36 awaiting-trial prisoners were being taken back to the Johannesburg Central Prison. Three prisoners died in the explosion.

Three charges

Two prisoners tried to escape, but were recaptured.

The arrested policeman will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on November 7 on three charges of murder, 29 of attempted murder, and one each of unlawful possession of explosives, and aiding and abetting escape from lawful custody.

On October 26, four prisoners appeared in court on 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.

The matter was postponed to December for further investigation.

Comments
  • michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-06 14:43

    That must have been one hell of a blast to have killed 3 people... But then again. Those trucks are small. Just hope the 3 that died were murderers or rapists and not petty criminals. Hang the cop! The bastard!!!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-11-06 14:56

      "......(Popcru) is disappointed that a policeman was linked to last month's prison truck blast, it said on Tuesday." Not half as disappointed as the three dead prisoners, I should imagine....

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-06 15:44

      Hit the guilty cop(s) quick and hit them hard with the full force of the law, or what is remaining of the law!

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-12-13 11:16

      I wonder how many postponements it will take before this SOB is actually sent to prison or will his documents miraculously disappear and he walks free?

  • george.pistorius - 2012-11-06 14:47

    HANG THEM!!!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-06 14:48

    Popcru is dissapointed that their member got caught not because it was their member

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-06 15:11

      As if it's shocking

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-12-13 11:26

      And where is the new Police Commissioner. Is she still the Commissioner? There has been no word of her. I would like her view on the corrupt police that are giving all the hard working honest police such a bad name and what is she going to do about it? All we hear is a deqafening silence from her.

  • JohnDough - 2012-11-06 14:54

    Trust POPCRU to yap like an ankle snapper now to score media attention and brownie points. They should be behind bars too.

  • mixo.osculate - 2012-11-06 14:59

    Mxm

  • John - 2012-11-06 15:13

    Gee, the cops actually gave up one of their thug gang, how unusual! Now get the rest of the 90 % of the corrupt gang.

  • jacques.vanderwalt.5 - 2012-11-06 15:16

    Why is Popcru is disappointed? this is just another event that shows how corrupt the system really is. the moment i heard this news, i immediately knew there was cops involved

  • keith.recore - 2012-11-06 15:18

    as daunting as it is and as embarassing as it is, the police need to demonstrate as a whole they will not tolerate corruption and must be the first to come forward when they catch one of their own, seeing all steps are followed according to law to get a proper conviction. This will help erode the terrible opinion most have of the police, seeing the police are not above the law, no matter their connection. A full time anticorruption internal affairs unit would have plenty of work to root out this course on Police Service and the Republic.

  • Erna - 2012-11-06 15:23

    Popcru must spend a lot of time 'being disappointed'.

  • Musa Dube - 2012-11-06 15:56

    i knew it,and this is a disgrace to SA police force,this kind of people,are supposed to be delt with,and the government must do away with.....the Commissioner of Police,must just send them home once and for all,we tired of this crooks

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-06 16:44

    Im Not interested

  • serumula.lucas - 2012-11-06 17:36

    Popcru is highly commended for providing leadership by not shielding wrong doing even in their stable. By coming out against the still to be revealed and arrested suspected cop(s), they are providing leadership and taking us the public into their confidence. This is a progressive union. Aluta!

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