BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is searching for a group of prisoners who escaped from a Department of Home Affairs transport vehicle.
The prisoners are illegal immigrants. And, they reportedly escaped custody at the Mooi River Toll Plaza in KwaZulu-Natal Midlands this morning.
Although the number of prisoners that escaped is uncertain, it’s been estimated that not fewer than nine of them are at large.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed this saying the prisoners “were being transferred by Home Affairs officials from Ladysmith to Pietermaritzburg.
“The scene is still active and we are gathering information, added the Lieutenant Colonel.
Reporting this, News24 related that a well-placed source with the knowledge of the incident anonymously divulged that the prisoners broke the locks of the police transport vehicle when it slowed down at the tollgate.
The anonymous source was quoted to have said:
“They broke the door open and then scattered into traffic. As they made their escape, shots were fired but all the commotion caused a multi-vehicle pile-up.
The prisoners then ran into Bruntville -an informal settlement that lies adjacent to the toll plaza – and now, there is a search for them.
The problem is that the prisoners were dressed in civilian clothing so they are hard to spot.”
Meanwhile, Zwane offered that there was no shooting or accident at the toll plaza as a result of the escape.
…To Be Updated