Officer due in court for prison van blast

A police orderly will apear in court for his involvement in a blast that killed three awaiting-trial inmates.

The police truck that was blown up with an explosive device. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A Randburg police orderly will appear in court on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in a blast that killed three awaiting-trial prisoners being transported to the Johannesburg Central Prison.

He was arrested on Monday and charged with three counts of murder and 35 of attempted murder.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has been probing whether officers at the Randburg Magistrate's Court may have helped the inmates responsible for the blast.

The directorate's spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, said more arrests were expected.

Last month, a prison transport vehicle was travelling on the Golden Highway when an explosive was detonated inside the vehicle, as it was slowing down to turn.

The blast killed three inmates and critically injured four of the almost 40 others.