Romeo Beukes was the fifth escapee to be re-arrested, national police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said on Monday. Beukes was pointed out by the community of Eldorado Park in Johannesburg on Sunday morning, Rekord Centurion reported.
He was one of seven people awaiting trial when they apparently overpowered police officers on duty at the cells at the Lenasia Magistrates’ Court. Beukes was appearing in court for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
“He will be facing a further charge of escaping from custody,” Dlamini said.
Last Wednesday, the Soweto K9 unit arrested the fourth escapee, Johnson Leroy, in Eldorado Park, after receiving information from the public.
Brendon Paul, Luvesh Veerasmy and Mpho Ramatsoale were re-arrested on 9 June. Paul and Veerasmy were found in Lenasia while Ramatsoale was arrested in Ennerdale. The three were facing house breaking and theft charges.
“Two other suspects are still at large but police are following several leads to arrest them,” Dlamini said.
Police are still searching for Dumisani Selepe and Thabiso Sebelwane, who are both facing charges of housebreaking and theft.
“They could be anywhere. Members of the public are warned not to confront these prisoners, but to contact the nearest police station if they see them.”
Dlamini said investigations were underway to determine if the escape was due to negligence.
“Anyone who may have assisted the prisoners to escape will face a criminal case as well as disciplinary actions that may result in being discharged from the service.”
– Caxton News Service