Police hunt for escaped prisoner

2011-04-29 11:31

Police are searching for a 29-year-old prisoner serving a life sentence who escaped from custody while visiting the Tembisa Public Hospital, the correctional services department said today.

Andries Gamba Msimang of Leeukop prison was taken to the hospital for observation on Tuesday after he suffered a stroke, spokesman Manelisi Wolela said in a statement.

Investigations were under way to establish full details of the escape, and Wolela appealed to members of the public to help recapture Msimang.

“The department of correctional services takes any escape very seriously and has already served the two officials responsible for guarding the offender with letters of intent to suspend them. The officials may face charges of gross negligence and dereliction of responsibility,” Wolela said.

He advised members of the public not to attempt to arrest Msimang, who was described as dangerous, and said they should rather contact CrimeLine on 10111 or inform the nearest police station.

Msimang was sentenced in September 2009 after being found guilty of murder, robbery, rape and house breaking with intent to rob and kidnap.

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