Search continues for escaped prisoner

2011-02-11 08:45

Police were today still searching for a prisoner who escaped from the Kalafong hospital, west of Pretoria.

“He has not yet been found. We are still searching and we will get him back,” Correctional Services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said.

Nhlanhla Manda (27) was admitted to the hospital in Atteridgeville on Wednesday for an ear operation.

Two correctional officers guarding him, uncuffed his hands and leg irons yesterday when he asked to go to the bathroom.
He then escaped through the bathroom window.

Manda has been serving a life sentence for murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances at Zonderwater prison since 2007.

Wolela said the escape was being investigated and that the two officials had been served with letters of intent to suspend them.

The two could face charges of gross negligence and dereliction of responsibility.

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