Explosion on prison van in Joburg - report

2012-10-22 16:45

Cape Town - A vehicle transporting prisoners to a Johannesburg Central Prison exploded on Monday, according to reports.

Unconfirmed reports say that one prisoner has died, and seven are in a critical condition, after the explosion near Johannesburg Central Prison, Eye Witness News (EWN) reported.

Police confirmed the incident, but are keeping mum on the details, EWN said.

More to follow.

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  • foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-10-22 16:46

    wow, that is not good...

  • dracolusus - 2012-10-22 16:50

    And all the country lost was a transport vehicle

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-22 16:58

      Yes fortunately the driver is ok...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-22 17:09

      I knew prison food was bad, but this is just rediculous.

      flysouth - 2012-10-22 17:10

      Kill to cost ratio very acceptable

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-22 16:50

    I thought this was illegal.

  • ChristelleJames - 2012-10-22 16:51

    Sorry, but how does a vehicle explode? Must have been explosives in the truck. Wonder how was being transported?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-22 16:56

      Or the back of the truck was badly ventilated, all the prisoners were farting and then some idiot bummed a light.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-22 17:05

      djtony - my family work for a living, they keep their jobs to put food on the table. They aren't riding around in police trucks like criminals who would rather steal than work for an honest day's wage.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-22 17:11

      djtonyflab, they were Bumwind's family. That's how he knows about the farting and bumming a light.

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-22 16:52

    ConAir S.A style...

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2012-10-22 16:57

    i suggest the reporter should have got more details before publishing.anyway i got this info from cop @ the scene.prisoners tried to bomb the truck door open to escape,bodies were mince meat,heads came off,it was gruesome from what i heard.sad for the ones in the truck that was not part of the escape plan

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-22 16:59

      mmpff! You're telling me that the prisoners tried to bomb their way out of the truck and they botched their own escape? lol! Eish.

      Sharne111 - 2012-10-22 17:06

      Where did they get the explosive and were they not searched before being loaded into the truck?

      thanuj.thulsie - 2012-10-22 17:10

      very good question indeed,so it shows that anything can be smuggled back into the truck from court.its mandatory that each prisoner and his belongings are searched before leaving court to go back,but this obviously wasnt for the idiot who did that probably though aahh i blow the door and we all just gently depart from the truck.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-22 17:10

      Here's what you can do to help: "Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts"

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-22 17:27

      @thanuj. For safety reasons they used a private van with a an FNB sticker. Mistaken "identity" I think.

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-22 17:34

      @thunj.thulsie i saw everything not even a single head comes out.two inmates who r certified dead in front off me their heads were ripped appart but not cut off..there were no mince meat off body parts inside the truck but blood where all over. I was one of those who removed the deceased n injured inmates from the police truck:::ONE::::

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-10-22 17:43

      Eishhhhhh, blowing open an police truck with explosives while you sit less than 3 meters from the explosion in a confined space. VERY bright I must say. Maybe they killed the rabbit again.

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  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-10-22 17:03

    I theenk we nieed arount 5kg c4 to break out my time

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-22 17:06

      and all

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-22 17:03

    jeez now we have terrorists.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-22 17:18

      no, we have achmeds

  • jan.vos.353 - 2012-10-22 17:05

    The "Great Escape" gone WRONG....

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-10-22 17:06

    Exploded like as in the movies?? WTF !!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-22 17:13

      Here come the Mythbusters...

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-22 17:07

    No other details,it's like that don't ask me how,why

  • nieljoubert - 2012-10-22 17:10

    En alles gebeur in "ape Town". Whahaha

  • elsbeth.verhoeven - 2012-10-22 17:12

    so afterall it is not so nice in prison eh?

  • Apatheist - 2012-10-22 17:13

    Is it just me or does that article start with "ape Town?".

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-10-22 17:16

    It appears they did not have sufficient explosives.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-22 17:18

    Ape town?, sounds like a banana republic.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-22 17:22

    This is very bad news.....are we going to see much more of this in other places......south africa is in a very bad situation at the moment, the citizens are not happy and they are starting to make their voices heard. Bloodshed is really not the answer. Hope this is just an isolated incident.

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-22 17:39

    ANC-PF politics struggle?

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-22 17:55

    Prisoners bomb truck fór their way out fortunately the police was too clever he forced 2 drive the truck until he enters the prizon\s premises.but b4 he enters the prison\s premises two inmates forced their way out then police stop n shot one of them in the leg n the worst part he was alone transporting 36 inmates :::ONE:::

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-22 18:30

    Maybe a candidate for a Darwin award?

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