Escape bid: Inside job not ruled out

2012-10-22 22:21

Cape Town - Officials are on Monday not ruling out the possibility that a daring escape attempt by prisoners in Johannesburg was an inside job.

An explosive device was triggered on a vehicle transporting 36 awaiting trial prisoners from the Randburg Magistrate's Court to Johannesburg Central Prison, killing three people, and leaving four people in a critical condition while 10 sustained minor injuries.

All of the prisoners on board were awaiting trial for theft or housebreaking, while one was facing murder charges.

According to Sapa, correctional services commissioner Tom Moyane said he was satisfied that all security measures were in place when the prisoners were transported to the court.

He said 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.

However, Moyane said officials were not ruling out the possibility of an inside job, and investigations will show how prisoners were able to hide the explosive device.

The explosion happened in transit at a trafic light near the prison police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila told AFP.

"When they arrived at the corner of Naturena and the Old Soweto Highway, the driver heard a big bang. He noted there was a whole in the door and saw two prisoners escape," he said.

One escapee was shot in the buttocks and apprehended, AFP reported. The other was also caught. The driver of the van was able to pull into the prison complex.

It is not known what type of explosive was used. "Our explosives experts are establishing that at the moment," Malila said.

"Our forensic experts are currently combing the scene to determine the type of device used in the explosion."

Major General Oswald Reddy said that the suspected escape plot "was very carefully planned".

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

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-10-22 22:31

    The Justice can we trust it and feel safe?

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-22 22:33

    ?? If they wanted to escape why trigger the device 3 blocks from the prison - why not on the highway?? "investigations will show how prisoners were able to hide the explosive device" - does this indicate that the device was triggerd inside the truck? - inside job - Why? A perspective: of the 36 prisoners, one or more have information linking either high ranking police officials or politicians to crimes that they had commited, eg, ATM Blasts or murders. The blast should have resulted in those prisoners being silenced. No matter how dumb one can be, I doubt if a complete imbecil will detonate an explosive device 3 to 5 meters from themselves and still be hoping to be able to run, let alone be alive.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-22 23:07

      I agree Notrax - I also think it was an attempt to silence someone. The only charge you'd want to be close to would be 'a hollow charge' to blow the door outward and even that would be highly risky in such a confined and crowded space. I doubt very much whether there was anybody in transit with the knowledge or expertise of how or where to place such a specialised charge.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-23 09:46

      As a PS - it is not beyond the realms of all that is possible in the New SA for someone to have directed an RPG7, or some such like, up the van's backside. Hence the location of the incident.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-22 22:38

    Why shoot on the buttocks? Is that how they traing this SAPS members at the shooting range?if he had aimed like they do at the shooting range, he would have saved the nation a few more tax money.

  • numerofigo - 2012-10-22 22:40

    lol these nika's needed some fresh air, that attempt is suicidal

  • SharonE - 2012-10-22 22:49

    They found the gadget in the back of the van, and one said: "I wonder what this red button does?"

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-23 06:39

      Dont cut the blue wire

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-23 08:04

      Get out of jail free "button"

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-10-22 22:56

    Triggering an explosive device inside a confined space while you sit less than 3 meters from it,... very bright idea. Maybe they also have killed the rabbit.

  • Mike - 2012-10-22 23:13

    Another ANC plot to claim insurance for a new van! Watch out taxpayers, you're being milked!!!

  • leedsunitedfc - 2012-10-22 23:57

    A "whole" in the door hahah

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-10-23 03:03

    The 'hole' report does not make sense. Were the killed and injured prisoners? Why would any sane person set off an explosion inside a van they were travelling in? So many prisoners - must have been a bus not a van. Maybe just a good story...

      sepcebekhulu - 2012-10-23 05:03

      Dear Grant..ever seen a huge code 10 SAPS truck with guys spewing profanity on everyone on the road?Me thinks that's the van they are talking about,since the prisoners were still awaiting trial and coming from court. If they were already sentenced they use another custom-built Prison truck. have a good day, hug a cactus #tongueout

  • joubert.joep - 2012-10-23 04:58

    Seeing to many movies? I like the one shot in the behind... hehe

  • collins.ntelele - 2012-10-23 05:21

    Prisoners tried to escape by planting a bomb in a van and news24 reports that,after a loud bang,there was a 'whole'on the door.Do you edit before printing,geeeez?Another strong contender for 2012 jokes of the season.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-10-23 06:12

    how many more atricles on this story will you post on news24 before we actually get to hear what really happend?????????

  • sarel.brits - 2012-10-23 06:18

    WTF every SAPS transport van should be fitted with such a device, we can half the prison population by their 1st court date.1 2 3 Blok myself!!

  • mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-23 06:49

    The last guy in was handed the device. 'Hold on to this and DONT press the red button' > Door Slams and is locked<.

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-23 07:02

    When you write laws from a prisoner's point of view then you get what is currently happening in our country. When is the anc going to learn that their "enlightened" system has failed dismally. Time to shine!!!!

  • sesom - 2012-10-23 09:07

    The Police are the Big Thieves..Rubbish ALL Of Them...

  • simone.lessing - 2012-10-23 09:16

    "whole" haha seriously???

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-23 09:42

    Well done police we believe you.

  • dave.gray.549221 - 2012-10-23 09:57

    What a joke only 3 killed. Should have got some advice about bomb making and blown up the whole lot. This would save taxpayers having to pay to feed them and would make our streets safer

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-10-23 11:04

    What's a whole in the door?

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-23 11:42

    I would have suggested that "inside job" was almost a foregone conclusion. How else did they get hold of explosives?

  • Favour Ngubane - 2012-10-23 12:39

    we dont have to look any further the police have a hand in this wrong doing of thugs trying to escape,SAPS as a whole is corrupt just because of money that the hooligans promise the police,

  • noedig.greene - 2012-10-23 13:18

    scouter.fourone: In the old South Africa people killing with explosive was a common occurrance, oooh i forgot you people have amnesia when it comes to the old South Africa's shady dealings.

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