Man escapes from Johannesburg court

2015-05-05 12:56
A crowd waits outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court after it was locked down. (News24)

A crowd waits outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court after it was locked down. (News24)

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Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court was locked down briefly on Tuesday after a prisoner reportedly escaped.

"A prisoner escaped before 12:00 so I am only letting court officials in," a security guard told News24.

The court building opened again shortly after noon.

A crowd gathered outside the court late on Tuesday morning. "They have been closed for a few minutes. From what I have heard, a prisoner escaped," said a hawker selling chips and sweets outside the court.

Correctional services officials declined to comment.

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