As gathered, six prisoners escaped from the Witpoort police cells, Limpopo in the early hours of Thursday.
The suspects, who are awaiting trials were arrested on various charges, including rape and armed robbery.
The police gave their names as: Silence Duba (23); Thomas Chuma (29); Clifford Muhonhori (33); Phineas Malangoane (36); Moses Modimola (24) and Jeremia Machaba (28).
One of the escapees, Phineas Malangoane, was arrested on two counts of rape. While four of them are still at large, two of the suspects have been re-arrested.
Members of the public are advised not to mingle with them but should liaise information about their whereabouts to the police because they are considered dangerous to the public.
“They were arrested on charges of rape and armed robbery. They might be considered armed and dangerous. Members of the public are advised not to approach them but rather pass on any information to the police,” says Witpoort police spokeswoman Ronel Otto.
While investigations around the escape is still ongoing, anybody who might know of their whereabouts is requested to call Captain Rakhubela at 082 469 1353.
Prison break from police custody across South African prisons is becoming trendy. In march, a 44-year-old inmate at Middledrift Correctional Centre who was serving a seven-year sentence for housebreaking and theft‚ escaped from Eastern Cape prison. The suspect, Mzwandile Mpukwana was sentenced on September 18‚ 2010.
Mpukwana’s escaped shocked officials of the Department of Correctional Services because he was on the verge of completing his sentence and due to be released in September.
Prison break is not a free walk out the walls of a prison; it is a thoughtful and strategic act that demands courage and defiance to pull through.
South Africa’s most secure prison is the eBongweni C-Max in Kokstad – which has been described as an eerie world of solid barriers, security cameras and well-protected prisoners.
The C-Max in Kokstad, which was built in 2002 at a cost of R450-million is popularly known as the home to South Africa’s most violent criminals.