The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Correctional Services provincial commissioner, Mnikelwa Nxele, says the family of Ananias Mathe, the serial rapist and armed robber who made history when he became the only person to escape from Pretoria’s C-Max prison, will be allowed to claim his body after a postmortem.
The commissioner disclosed that officials have been in touch with his family as well as Mozambique’s consul in Durban and has since informed them about Mathe’s demise.
“We have informed the family and we have communicated with the consul. The family will have to be given the body,” he said.
Mathe, a Mobzambique national, died on Tuesday evening at King Edward VII Hospital in Durban, just three days after he was brought in for an operation.
Reports had it that Mathe began complaining of stomach problems in December. Afterwards, he was first treated at the prison’s hospital but his condition continued to deteriorate.
He was then taken to the Usher Memorial Hospital in Kokstad and was subsequently referred to Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, where he underwent an operation.
Mathe was convicted of 64 charges, including rape, attempted rape, attempted murder, robbery and theft.
The notorious criminal made headlines in 2006 when he managed to escape from Pretoria’s C-Max prison by covering his body with petroleum jelly and sliding out of his cell window. Though, he was caught a month later, his escape, however, cost six prison warders their jobs.
While his death comes as a shock to some, to others, it calls for celebration. For instance, the Democratic Alliance (DA) celebrated his death in a statement released on Wednesday. The DA said with Mr. Mathe’s death, the society is now free from a dangerous and malevolent individual.
“The death in prison of the notorious criminal and escape artist, Ananias Mathe, brings to an end a chapter for our prison system,” the party added.
Hmm.. so sad! even Mathe, the king of prison break could not escape from the walls of 2016.