Escapees re-arrested

2014-10-17 22:35
Nielen de Klerk, News24

Nielen de Klerk, News24

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Johannesburg - Sixteen prisoners who made a daring escape while they were being transported from the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Friday have been re-arrested, Gauteng police said.

"Sixteen have been re-arrested and 12 are still at large," said Captain Doniah Mothutsane.

A group of gunmen ambushed a police truck transporting 28 prisoners 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, Mothutsane said.

"The suspects started shooting at the police truck carrying the prisoners. The suspects then forced open the door of the truck. Some of the prisoners jumped off the truck into the suspects' vehicle whilst others fled on foot," she said.

The road near Medunsa was a hive of activity on Friday with more than 15 police cars parked in front of the entrance to the university.

The police truck was in the middle of the road as the forensic unit combed the area. Other police officers were about a kilometre away searching through the bushes on horseback.

A police helicopter hovered over the scene.

"No one has been injured and the investigations are under way. Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that could lead to arrests or the identification of prisoners/suspects to come forward with the information.

"They can call 0800 10 111 or contact the nearest police station," she said.

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