Judges on lockdown for an hour after two prisoners escape from South Gauteng High Court

2018-12-05 15:58
High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Two sources have confirmed to News24 that judges at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg were on lockdown for an hour on Wednesday afternoon, after two awaiting trial prisoners escaped. 

Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed that the whereabouts of Mongezi Mcunukelwa and Sbonelo Nkosingiphe Thwala were still unknown.

Mcunukelwa, who is alleged to be a serial killer from Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, abandoned his bail application in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

It is unclear how the two men escaped, but Masondo said that "the police were all out looking for the suspects".

"I was in the parking garage, about to leave, when the prisoners ran past me. I hid behind my car. I went upstairs after about 20 minutes. And we couldn’t leave for an hour. They haven’t been caught! It is the most absurd situation. The prisoners are dropped off and collected in the same garage where we park. Also our entry and exit is congested with delivery trucks and a Boxer warehouse where goods are off loaded. The road is a total nightmare," one source told News24. 

The judges have since been allowed to leave the court. 


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