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23 Aug 2017
4:39 pm

Twenty prisoners escape after police truck gets ambushed

Gopolang Moloko

Men armed with rifles, according to police, broke the locked door to let the prisoners awaiting trial to escape.

One of the escaped prisoner: Jimmy Sydney Da Silva.

Twenty prisoners are on the loose after escaping on Tuesday while en route to the Johannesburg Central Prison.

The police truck transporting the prisoners to Johannesburg Correctional Services from the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court was ambushed at 3.30pm, Southern Courier reported.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the police launched a manhunt for the group of 20 awaiting-trial men.

“One of the prisoners was already sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment after he was convicted for an armed robbery. Several leads are being followed to arrest them.

“They [prisoners] were charged with various crimes, including armed robbery, housebreaking and theft and possession of drugs.”

Dlamini said the prisoners escaped after the police truck they travelling in was ambushed on the Pat Mbatha Road near South Gate train station by a group of armed men.

David Sithole.

The men, who were armed with rifles, according to police, broke the lock to the door, allowing the trial prisoners to escape.

Police officers transporting the men were not injured.

Innocent Masango.

Dlamini said further details of the prisoners would be released at a later stage as the investigation was continuing.

“Police are also appealing to anyone who may have information about the suspects who ambushed the truck and the whereabouts of the prisoners to contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111 at all hours.”

Iddi Kombo.

Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed the incident and said the police were investigating.

“At this stage what we know is no one was injured.”

Mark Kappie Hunter.

According to a social media message circulating, a Mercedes vehicle was linked to the escape ploy.

The message detailed sensitive information which police would not confirm at the time of publishing after issuing the statement saying more information would follow.

Michael Nkabinde.

The Mercedes is said to have travelled in front of the prisoner’s truck before its abrupt stop when three occupants with balaclavas and gloves came out. Two pointed rifles at the driver and a third person proceeded to the rear with a bolt cutter and cut off the lock.

Justice Dlamini.

Details of the Mercedes vehicle were still to be confirmed by police.

Photos of 10 suspects have been released.

Ginondine Sandel.

Kebi Kodugure.

Kingley Jooste.

Caxton News Service

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