5 'dangerous' awaiting-trial prisoners escape from North West police holding cell

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Five awaiting-trial prisoners escaped from a North West police station.
Five awaiting-trial prisoners escaped from a North West police station.
PHOTO: Supplied by SAPS

North West police have launched a manhunt for five awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from the Zeerust police station holding cells over the weekend.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the five men – Joshua Sibanda, 39; Amogelang Motsiane, 36; Tshepiso Kwenampe, 22;  Bengu Hlanganane, 31; and Enoch Lebeloane, 46 – escaped from the cells at 10:30 on Sunday.

Joshua Sibanda, 39.
Amogelang Motsiane, 36.
Tshepiso Kwenampe, 22.
Bengu Hlanganane, 31.
Bengu Hlanganane, 31.
Supplied SAPS
Enoch Lebeloane, 46.
Enoch Lebeloane, 46.
Supplied SAPS

Mokgwabone said the men allegedly overpowered a police officer at the station, took the cell’s keys, and fled.

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"At the time of escape the detainees were, among others, facing charges of house robbery, rape, attempted murder, business robbery, and aggravated robbery.

"None of the escapees has been rearrested and members of the community are urged not to attempt to rearrest the escapees in case they see them, but to call the nearest police station, as they are presumed to be dangerous," he said.

Alternatively, members of the public can contact the investigating officer Captain Basimane Molefe on 076 510 8285. Anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via the My SAPS app, or by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111.



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