Ideal spot for gang to stop truck, free prisoners
IT is not hard to see why a gang of armed men chose the Pat Mbatha Road near Booysens to carry out a brazen operation to bust awaiting-trial prisoners out of a police truck.
According to police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini‚ the road is not open to the public and is meant for government officials and Rea Vaya buses only.
But TimesLIVE found that there was no controlled access to the road‚ which is in a quiet‚ bushy area.
Several buses and marked police vehicles used the road but a few ve- hicles that looked private also made their way through.
It is possible‚ however‚ that these were unmarked police vehicles.
On Wednesday afternoon a police truck‚ carrying around 20 prisoners from the nearby Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court‚ was blocked by a Mercedes Benz.
“The men were brandishing AK47s‚” Dlamini said.
“They held up the truck and went to the back of the truck‚ broke the lock and the suspects jumped out.
“They fled in different directions but two of the suspects jumped into the Mercedes Benz and drove away,” he said.
The incident is believed to have taken place under a small bridge with a railway track running above it.
As the two targets of the escape plan made off in the getaway vehicle‚ the other 18 scrambled to get away.
Meanwhile‚ police investigations continued with a task team dedicated to recapturing the escapees.
Six suspects were recaptured less than 24 hours after their escape. – TimesLIVE