Manhunt launched after four 'dangerous' inmates escape from police custody in Polokwane

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Police have launched a manhunt for four dangerous prisoners.
Police have launched a manhunt for four dangerous prisoners.
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  • Four dangerous prisoners have escaped from police custody in Limpopo.
  • They were to be sentenced for aggravated robbery on Friday.
  • One of them allegedly stole a police officer's service firearm during the escape.

A manhunt has been launched for four dangerous prisoners who allegedly escaped from a police vehicle in Westenburg, Polokwane.

The escape took place on the R101 next to the Eerstegoud Trading Store on Wednesday at about 11:30.

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At the time, seven prisoners were being transported from the Polokwane Correctional Centre to Mokopane for sentencing when four escaped, police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.

"The prisoners also managed to grab the service pistol belonging to a police member during the incident and fled into the nearby bushes. The other three prisoners remained in the vehicle," Mojapelo said.

The escaped prisoners have been identified as John Fine, 39, Dennis Hove, 39, Figos Madisha, 40, and Clifford Matonhori, 31.

They were convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances for a robbery committed in April 2019 in the Mokopane policing area. They were to be sentenced on Friday.

"The police warn members of the community not to approach the suspects as they are considered to be very dangerous, and [the public] should instead contact their local police station," Mojapelo said.

Meanwhile, Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered a full probe into the circumstances of the escape.

"Anyone with information that can assist the police [in finding] the four prisoners should contact Westenburg detective commander Captain Tshikudo on 082 565 8566, Crime Stop [on] 08600 10111 or the nearest police station," Mojapelo said.

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