WANTED | Police release names and pictures of prisoners who escaped in Pietermaritzburg, KZN

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Police are hunting for 16 awaiting trail prisoners who escaped in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday morning.

Police said the group were part of the 45 awaiting trial prisoners who were being transported from New Prison to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court when armed gunmen forced the prisoner transport vehicle off the road.

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Police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said the two police officers who were seated in the front of the truck were injured slightly when the vehicle hit the pavement after being forced off the road.

Naicker said five heavily armed men travelling in a double cab bakkie pointed firearms at the police officers whilst one of the men used a bolt cutter to cut the locks on the back of the vehicle.

“Some of the prisoners remained in the vehicle whilst others handed themselves over to police at various locations in Pietermaritzburg and others were found by police in the city.”

By Wednesday afternoon, Naicker said 27 of the 45 prisoners were back in police custody whilst 18 were confirmed to be on the run. On Thursday morning, two more were rearrested bringing the total on the run to 16.

Those who are on the run are listed below with the charges against them:

Siphelele Chamane (28) – Murder

Mbukiseni Ndlovu (38) – Murder

Mpho Phalo (31) – Murder

Mphali Khanyiso Kou (30) – Murder

Thubelihle Dlomo (19) – Murder

Sphelele Ntsuntsu Mkhize (35) – Robbery/Rape

Kabelo Mtisilwane (27) – Robbery

Wiseman Shezi (26) – Robbery

Talent Mncube (19) – Assault GBH

Mlungisi Caster Ndlovu (25) – Theft

Skhumbuzo Ngcobo (36) – Theft of Motor Vehicle

Sbonelo Bhengu (31) – Malicious Damage to Property

Fonane Paulo Pone (31) – Immigration Act

Frank Lutchman (23) – Immigration Act

George Paul (29) – Immigration Act

Mlungisi Mncwabe (43) – Attempted Murder

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George Paul (29) – Immigration Act
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Frank Lutchman (23) – Immigration Act
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Skhumbuzo Ngcobo (36) – Theft of Motor Vehicle
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Sbonelo Bhengu (31) – Malicious Damage to Property
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Mlungisi Caster Ndlovu (25) – Theft
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Wiseman Shezi (26) – Robbery
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Talent Mncube (19) – Assault GBH
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Sphelele Ntsuntsu Mkhize (35) – Robbery/Rape
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Kabelo Mtisilwane (27) – Robbery
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Mphali Khanyiso Kou (30) – Murder
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Thubelihle Dlomo (19) – Murder
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Mbukiseni Ndlovu (38) – Murder
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Mpho Phalo (31) – Murder
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Siphelele Chamane (28) – Murder

The police said they do not have the picture of the last prisoner.

Naicker said specialised multidisciplinary teams have been assembled to hunt down those that are on the run.

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“These teams will work incessantly until they arrest those that they were tasked to hunt down. No effort is being spared as the teams have been bolstered with the necessary resources and expertise to full fill their mission,” said Naicker.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has personally visited the scene of the escaping and has given specific tasking’s to senior officers from the Umgungundlovu District and Provincial Office. “Whilst our efforts are focused on hunting down these escapees, the escaping is being investigated from a criminal perspective and from an internal standpoint,” said Mkhwanazi.

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