Still no explanation given for blast at Helderberg Denel facility

Days after an explosion at a Denel arms manufacturing plant in Helderberg, there's still no explanation as to what exactly happened or who was responsible.

A Western Cape traffic centre camera captured the blast at the Denel facility in the Helderberg on 31 October 2021. Picture: Supplied

Editor's Note: This article has been updated since its first publish to reflect comment from RDM.

CAPE TOWN - Days after an explosion at a Denel arms manufacturing plant in Helderberg, there was still no explanation as to what exactly happened or who was responsible.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) said the authorities who were currently investigating were the SAPS and the Department of Employment and Labour and that while the company had started its own investigation, it couldn't access the site until the police allowed it.

Late on Sunday night some residents in Macassar, Somerset West, and Strand were shaken awake by an explosion at the plant, the second in recent years.

A plume of smoke and flames were visible for miles, with reports that even residents in the northern suburbs had heard the explosion.

Being a national key point, the compound has been shrouded in secrecy and even workers' unions seem reluctant to speak out.

This latest incident comes as the families of eight other union workers who died in a blast at the same plant back in 2018 were still awaiting answers.

Anti-arms activists fear this latest blast may further delay the justice process.