Fleeing prisoners kill passer-by

2012-05-23 20:13

Johannesburg - A woman was killed after four awaiting trial prisoners escaped from police custody while being transported to Mthatha on Wednesday, Eastern Cape police said.

The four men were being taken from Ngquana police station to Mthatha when they overpowered their police escort in Butterworth, said Captain Ernest Sigobe.

"They took three police firearms, and then a woman passer-by was shot and killed," he said.

The four men, awaiting trial for armed robbery and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, escaped between 10:00 and 11:00.

The men stole the police vehicle that was transporting them and later abandoned it in the Tanga area. They then hijacked a passing car and were still being sought by police.

"Police are on a manhunt as we speak, and call on the community to avoid the men because they are dangerous," Sigobe said.

  • Teebby - 2012-05-23 20:31

    Probably the passerby spotted the police handing over the fire arms and Car keys to their prisoner buddies and she had to die......

      Squeegee - 2012-05-23 20:48

      I suspect that these guys will be shot "resisting" arrest or commit suicide when cornered.

  • howard.komati - 2012-05-23 20:54

    I wish cops were brutal like those yrs of apartheid if it was those yrs those prisoners were nt going to be rearrested bt brutally murdered which is wht they deserve.

  • Ang - 2012-05-23 20:58

    And the sun goes down on another beautiful day in sunny SA.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-23 21:00

    And Mr Zuma says SA is so safe...

      Freedom - 2012-05-24 09:50

      SAFE in his world, where he can take people to court and close streets..

  • Erna - 2012-05-23 22:13

    And I wonder who's going to be charged with this killing? The prisoners or the super competent cops who let them escape?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-23 23:07

    Once again, half a article. Why was the woman shot?? Was it a accidental discharge. Did they just walk up to her and shoot her? Did she try intervene? I mean it is the headline of the article. Another thing,, between 10h00 and 11h00? A lot can happen in a hour. Please give more info news24.

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-24 08:06

    names...identikit/photos...what were they wearing...were they allowed to go to a colour.... these are all details NEWS24 that we as the public need, so we know WHO TF to avoid! stop worrying about racism bla bla bla, and give us the freaking details! otherwise MORE bloodshed will be in order...just because of sloppy effing reporting!

  • Freedom - 2012-05-24 09:48


  • Mhla - 2012-05-24 10:34

    Teebby . . what u r saying is the extreme possibility . . let me tell u why . . 1.It is not the first time Mthatha police deliberately releasing prisnors who have this kind of allegations . . 2.The prisnors of that nature r usualy escorted under heavily armed police officers . .3.WHY did they open the police van while the prisnors r not cuffed..4.Why they shot the woman who is not armed instead of killing the police . . How did prisnors get all the firearms without shooting the police if they can kill a woman . . Therefore we r not fools . . THE PRISNORS WERE RELEASED AND GUNS WERE HANDED OVER FOR A SPECIAL MISSION . . We r going to hear very soon that those escaped prisnors have robbed a lot of highly secured properties with ease because those police will also be involved to weaken the entrance to such properties . . .We r "PROTECTED" by criminals

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