Two more Limpopo escapees caught

2012-05-02 14:46

Johannesburg - Two men have been re-arrested after they escaped from the Jane Furse police station holding cells with 12 other awaiting-trial prisoners, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

One man was re-arrested in Tembisa, Gauteng, at about 04:00 on Wednesday and the other handed himself to police at Jane Furse station late on Tuesday night, Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said in a statement.

They were part of a group of 14 awaiting trial prisoners who escaped on Sunday morning after overpowering a police officer serving them tea.

They were awaiting trial for attempted murder, robbery, rape, vehicle theft, possession of suspected stolen property, and housebreaking.

Five were re-arrested on Sunday shortly after the escape, three were re-arrested on Monday and three on Tuesday.

The remaining man was still sought.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Simon Mpembe had established a task team to investigate the circumstances which led to the escape, said Ramatseba.

A case of aiding awaiting prisoners to escape had also been opened for further investigation, he said.

The 13 were expected to appear in the Nebo Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for escaping from lawful custody.

  • Brett - 2012-05-02 15:21

    Another good reason to bring back the death penalty.

  • Loo - 2012-05-02 15:25

    We spend more time catching escapees these days than solving existing cases :(

  • Martin - 2012-05-02 15:55

    dont serve tea, install a tap and let them eat cake

  • Christopher - 2012-05-02 16:04

    Oh...I thought they were releasing the prisoners? They might as well stay out there seeing 35000 prisoners will be released. Crime does pay..

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