Cop in court for prison van blast

The police truck that was blown up with an explosive device. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - A police officer implicated in a prison truck blast made his first appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The October blast killed three awaiting trial prisoners and wounded 14 others.

The van was transporting the prisoners from the Randburg Magistrate’s Court to the Johannesburg Central Prison, when the explosive device was detonated just off the Golden Highway.

The officer, who works at the Randburg court, is accused of providing the explosives to the detainees.

On Wednesday, he arrived in court wearing a hoodie to conceal his identity.

His name has not been published due to an identity parade that is set to take place on Friday.

Seven other prisoners that were in the van were also charged with the crime.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)