4 detainees escape in North West

2012-10-10 17:42

Johannesburg - Four awaiting trial prisoners have escaped from holding cells in Phokeng, North West police said on Wednesday.

"The four suspects were in custody for crimes ranging from murder [and] armed robbery, to possession of an illegal firearm. Police are currently investigating the circumstances relating to the escape," said Colonel Emelda Setlhako.

The men were Kamogelo Setlhalogile, 30, Johannes Twala, 27, Thapelo Semenya, 20, and Teboho Julius Makara, 24.

Setlhalogile was allegedly linked to a variety of crimes, including attempted murder, car theft, possession of an unlicensed firearm and business robbery, committed in Rustenburg, Phokeng and Boitekong.

Twala faced charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, armed robbery in Bethanie, possession of stolen property and an attempted murder of a police officer in September 2011.

Semenya was accused of possession of an unlicensed firearm and attempted murder, both which took place in Phokeng in June 2012.

Makara was held on a count of murder, allegedly committed in Marikana in August 2012.

Setlhako said police discovered that the men had escaped from the holding cells at Phokeng police during a routine cell inspection at 6am on Monday.

"Members of the public are requested and advised not to confront the suspects, as they are considered very dangerous," she said.