Limpopo prison breakers rearrested

2015-07-22 19:13

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Tzaneen - Three of five awaiting trial prisoners who escaped police custody in Ritavi, Limpopo, have been rearrested, police said on Wednesday. 

"Two of the escapees from Ritavi were rearrested in the Nkowankowa area last night [Tuesday] and early this morning after information was followed up," said Colonel Ronel Otto.

They are Stanley Nkwana and Rufus Mkhawana.

Nkwana had been arrested for attempted murder while Mkhwana was to face charges of rape, robbery and assault.

A third suspect Lazarus Moseamadi - who was initially arrested in connection with the murder of Lieutenant Yezindaba Meshack Shikati, 54, and the attempted murder of a police constable Carrol Machaba - was rearrested on Wednesday afternoon.

Moseamadi and Machaba were responding to a complaint at the Mabuza tavern in Patanage village on June 29 when they were ambushed. Their service pistols were stolen.

Kgomotso Mokhabudi, who is still on the run, is to face charges of murder, robbery and vehicle theft, while Dumisani Nukiwe Khosa was wanted for rape.

The group made a run for it after they managed to cut through the wire mesh of the exercise yard at the prison, which is near the Great Letaba River, close to Tzaneen.

At the time of their escape, Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Fannie Masemola said an urgent and in-depth investigation into the circumstances around the escape had been launched.

"If we find that there was any negligence or operational procedures not being followed by our members, internal departmental steps will [be] immediately taken," he said.

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