Arrests imminent in prison van blast

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said police may have been involved in the October blast.

Three prisoners were killed and 14 injured when the truck they were being transported in exploded not far from the prison situated south of the city. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Friday said arrests are imminent in connection with the Johannesburg prison truck explosion.

The explosion took place in October on the Golden Highway near the Johannesburg Central Prison in southern Johannesburg.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said, "The investigation uncovered information that police may be involved in the smuggling of explosive devices that were used."

Three people died and 15 others were injured in the incident.

An explosive device detonated in the truck, which was transporting 36 awaiting trial prisoners from the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

Two inmates tried to escape but were recaptured by the police.

One of them was shot and wounded.