Alleged burglar escapes from KZN court by pretending to be someone else

2015-08-13 21:14
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - Police have launched a manhunt for a suspect who escaped from the Scottburgh Magistrate's Court after pretending to be another accused who had been let off with a fine. 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mduduzi Zama, 27, who allegedly escaped from the court premises earlier this week, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday. It is alleged that Zama burgled a number of business premises in central Scottburgh.

"A number of business premises in central Scottburgh had been burgled in recent months and all efforts by the Scottburgh SAPS to identify and arrest the perpetrators had been futile until a local businessman informed police of two suspicious characters lurking around his premises," spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said.

"They were arrested on August 9 2015 [Sunday] and charged with trespassing."

While they were in police custody, investigations led to Zama’s home in Amandawe where a number of allegedly stolen items were recovered.

"Some of the property was identified as having been taken during the business burglaries in central Scottburgh. Zama was subsequently linked to a number of burglaries and appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate's Court on August 11 2015 [Tuesday]," Zwane said.

"At 12:50 on Tuesday, Zama allegedly falsely misrepresented himself as another accused who had been convicted on a drug related charge and released upon payment of a fine."

As soon as court orderlies discovered Zama had been released, police launched a manhunt for him.

A case of escaping from lawful custody has been registered for investigation.   

"Detective Warrant Officer Yugen Moodley of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task Team appeals to anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact him on 039 978 9917, the Scottburgh police on 039 978 1900 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111," Zwane said.

"The public is advised not to approach or attempt to arrest the suspect, but to call the police instead."

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