Cops implicated in prison truck blast

2012-11-02 10:07

Johannesburg - Police officers have been implicated in the Johannesburg prison truck explosion in which three people died and 15 were injured, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said on Friday.

"Investigations are still under way, but we have established that police officers were involved and have been implicated in the explosion," spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

"I can't go into the small details because the investigations continue, but the officers were involved in the smuggling of the explosive device to the prisoners."

Dlamini said arrests were imminent.


On October 22, an explosive device detonated in a prison truck taking 36 awaiting-trial prisoners from the Randburg Magistrate's Court to Johannesburg Central Prison.

Two prisoners tried to escape, but were recaptured by the police. One of them was shot and wounded by the police.

On October 26, Dan Mabona, 32, Ephraim Moyo, James Motsiti, 33, and Raymond Moyo, 28 appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

The men face charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of explosives, and malicious damage to property. The matter was postponed to December for further investigation.

The men had been in custody prior to the incident and all faced charges of robbery.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-02 10:12

    Clearly they had very little experience with explosives.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-02 10:46

      Are we supposed to be surprised??????

      daleinn - 2012-11-02 11:22

      Like duh ! who else could have been involved?

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-02 11:36

      Seems like there are more criminals in our police force than there are in prison or on the streets. Yesterday a police woman was arrested for assiting an escape attempt.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-02 12:08

      They are practicing for JM if it's his time to visit SA holiday resorts!

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-11-02 18:20

      Janice it does not surprise me at all

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-11-02 10:12

    we know that already, how much time will they do?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-02 10:34

      Exaclty what i thowe knew when the story broke that they were involved,even a two year could have told you that.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-11-02 10:13

    Is anyone surprised? The SAPS is the 2nd biggest crime sydicate in SA, the biggest one is about to elect it's new gang-boss in Mangaung

  • JohnDough - 2012-11-02 10:15

    Who else would it be, the tooth fairy? I think not. The slide into anarchy is getting a lot faster.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-02 10:16

    Charge them with murder-max time. Corruption again? Well done IPID

  • akshar.sookraj - 2012-11-02 10:16

    Huh... Oviaaaas they were assisted by the Cops, They are Prisoners where are they supposed to get the Xplosives from? the Prison Kitchen,

  • mandy.ferreira.773 - 2012-11-02 10:17

    Cops are getting out of hand..... Who the hell can we trust ?.

  • jawa.bunter - 2012-11-02 10:18

    I would never have guessed !

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-02 10:35

      Same here, I'm in total shock.

  • matodzi.steveraliwedzha - 2012-11-02 10:27

    This makes me ashamed 2 say dat I am a police officer

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-11-02 15:15

      Matzodi, you have got to be joking? don't you read the news? EVERYDAY cops are caught raping, stealing, robbing, selling (and losing) their firearms, sleeping on the job (the list is long) is it only now that you've realized that you are sitting amongst a buch of criminals in uniform?

  • michael.smit.73997 - 2012-11-02 10:30

    the country is taking a dump. i wonder what speedbump head zuma has to say about this

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-02 10:36

    Minister of Police its time you cleaned up your police force we are hearing too many stories of corrupt police stop denying and do something about it otherwise we as citizens of this country who pay tax will sue you we don't feel safe and its our constitution right to feel safe in our own country we need to respect the law but how can we when the police are not to be trusted!!!! There are some really great police out there who are doing their jobs but when they hear stories of all the corruption they also feel let down!!! Do something NOW no talk clean up this mess!!!!

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-02 10:39

    Wish I was surprised...

  • paul.coelho.54 - 2012-11-02 10:42

    And why does this not surprise me ? corruption corruption.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-02 10:44

    Tell me AGAIN that spearman's priority is to stamp out corruption.Interesting to see the outcome of this investigation and the sentence's metted out to the guilty.Is there room for the State to be sued for neglegence?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-02 10:47

    Please bring honour and dignity back to the SAPS.

      Oraniaboer - 2012-11-02 19:31

      johan thats never gonna happen thanks to the anc.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-11-02 10:54

    Minister Nathi should @ his own time,@ his own target fire.

  • john.s.stalwart - 2012-11-02 11:02

    It's South African prisoners 'constupidial' rights to try and escape incarceration Mzansi style,stupids realy,was it even safe to blow the truck or thot they that since money dusnt get hurt wen ATM bombed they also wouldnt? Lazi minds,clearly the police knew that it wil hurt them,was it hard for them to let them just escape maliciously without any bombs! I think not so. This was a deliberate act of taking free bribes and getin rid of the bribers square and clear.

  • rodney.lyons2 - 2012-11-02 11:06

    Poor guys that were killed were probably pushed up against the door with a grenade between them and the door

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-11-02 11:08

    Lol Talk about Premature Detonation Police asisting Criminals what do you expect in this country its madness!!

  • profesas1 - 2012-11-02 11:10

    So it took them 3 weeks to know cops wr involved? It was pretty obvious wen the explosion happened

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-11-02 11:11

    Really our country is becoming is Banana Republic if it is not already. People are getting away with murder, the politicians are stealing from the poor and never get convicted, our president is running the country as if it is his own home but expect us taxpayers to fund his homestead. The list is endless..... South Africans are not stupid Mr President.

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-11-02 11:11

    Really our country is becoming is Banana Republic if it is not one already. People are getting away with murder, the politicians are stealing from the poor and never get convicted, our president is running the country as if it is his own home but expect us taxpayers to fund his homestead. The list is endless..... South Africans are not stupid Mr President.

      21December2012 - 2012-11-02 11:43

      If South Africans weren't stupid then why are they always voting the wrong man for the job!!!

  • cindy.naude.79 - 2012-11-02 11:13

    NO!!! Really?!? *rolling eyes*

  • - 2012-11-02 11:27

    What? The police involved? Cant be. Not in SA. The prisoners probably used some Marikana muti to make then blast-proof. Idiots. And ho wstupid must you be as a police officer to smuggle explosives to prisoners? So nobody is going to ask HOW THE &($%&% did they get it. They deserve to be locked up - for stupidity. Probably though "eish, I don't know" would get them off the hook.

  • gerald.mphuthi - 2012-11-02 11:48

    But errr...what kind of police does this country have ?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-02 12:22

      @gerald.mphuthi: just some few rotten apples in a box does not render the whole police service criminals.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-02 13:45

      You're right siphom - we shoudn't generalise. It's just the crooked 95% that are making the rest look bad!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-02 13:45

      I'm sorry to hear that you are one of us. But there are structures that you can challenge them. Keep on the fight against crime. Thank for your contributions.

  • john.nel.927 - 2012-11-02 11:56

    But also congratulations to the police who shot the escaping prisoner and arrested the others. Shows we can't tar and feather the entire SAPS. There are lots of kind, caring and competent cops too. Sadly just in the minority...

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-02 12:18

      @john.nel.927...yours is the very best, well-thought and the most intelligent comment. Keep them coming.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-02 13:41

      @irukandji:)the only thing that you are very good at is criticisms and insults. Do you have anything positive that you can contribute or just insults. Keep them coming. That's the best that you know ignoramous.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-11-02 11:56

    Hi All Our police force is at the centre of crime in SA and across the borders as most hijacked cars are sold across the border.Each day it seems the discussion in each station is " which criminal shall we visit today to make us happy?"

  • lidia.d.ramos - 2012-11-02 15:40

    What is new..most crimes have police involved...most cars stolen are taken out of the border...who is not involved but the police!!!

  • Erna - 2012-11-02 18:34

    And these are the people a person is supposed to trust when in trouble!

  • samgaf - 2012-11-02 18:35

    Not again

  • Oraniaboer - 2012-11-02 19:30

    Welcome to the new South-Africa where everythings going wrong. MmMMMMmmmmmm.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-03 08:17

    shew and we are supposed to be surprised....... WOW!!!

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