Ideal spot for gang to stop truck, free pris­on­ers

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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

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