Prison-breakers still on the run

2014-10-21 14:38


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Johannesburg - Gauteng police were on Tuesday still searching for a group of prisoners who escaped while they were being transported from the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court.

"At this stage we have not located the remaining suspects but investigations are continuing," spokesperson Doniah Mothutsane said.

About 28 prisoners escaped from a police truck on Friday afternoon when a group of gunmen ambushed a police truck transporting them from the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court to New Lock Prison.

The truck was travelling on Lucas Mangope Drive near Medunsa when it was ambushed by an unknown number of people.

No one was injured during the shooting. Police acted swiftly on Friday and managed to re-arrest 16 people but 12 were still at large. She said the prisoners were mostly arrested for house robberies.

Mothutsane appealed to members of the community to come forward with information that could lead to the arrest of the remaining men.

"If any of the suspects have gone to their families, we appeal to those family members to come forward with information. They can call 0800 10111 or contact the nearest police station," she said.

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