6 re-arrested after prison escape

2010-06-01 12:05
Harrismith - Six of the 41 awaiting-trial detainees who escaped from a Harrismith prison in the Free State have been re-arrested, the Department of Correctional Services said on Tuesday.

Police and correctional services officials launched a manhunt on Monday evening after the prisoners escaped.

Details of the arrests were not yet available, said departmental spokesperson Manelisi Wolela.

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Commissioner Tom Moyane were leading a delegation to visit the correctional centre on Tuesday morning, said Wolela.

"The minister will get a first-hand briefing on circumstances surrounding the escape."

Harrismith police spokesperson Captain Jeremiah Khiba said several prisoners took one of the prison wardens hostage in a cell while he was conducting a routine check at 17:00.

"[The] prison warder was held for some time in one of the cells before they took his keys and opened the cells, allowing prisoners to escape," he said.

The guard sustained minor injuries.

Read more on:    nosiviwe mapisa nqakula  |  bloemfontein

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to idealise and prepare for the future rather than face the present. Right now life is putting challenges in...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.