Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that three prisoners awaiting trial escaped from lawful custody.
Currently, Nkandla police are hunting for the prisoners identified as Sipho Mthokozisi Simo Langa (29), Lindokuhle Bhodloza Manqele (22) and Sthembiso Goodman Thole Langa (29).
From our gatherings, the three prisoners are facing murder charges. They appeared for the murder case at Nkandla Regional Court on 22 February 2017.
“When the court adjourned, the three accused were escorted back to the court holding cells and in the process, they allegedly escaped,” SAPS related.
SAPS further related that the murder case against the prisoners was the 26th April 2015 murder of Lindithemba Mxolisi Ndlovu (20) at Esikhalenisebomvu, Nkandla.
“…(Ndlovu) was approached by the accused. After an argument, the victim was allegedly stabbed to death by the accused. They fled the scene after the incident and a case of murder was opened at Nkandla police station for further investigation.
“The detectives worked around the clock in tracing the suspects and the following day, 27 April 2015 all three suspects were arrested and charged accordingly,” narrated SAPS.
Adding that the three prisoners were denied bail, SAPS disclosed that they have been in custody until they escaped after making the court appearance.
Already, a case of escaping from lawful custody has been opened at Nkandla police station for further investigation.
And, anyone with information about the whereabouts of the prisoners can contact Nkandla police station Detective Constable Bongiwe Nene on 073 232 1151 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
Meanwhile, SAPS uncovered the body of another murder victim in a shallow grave.
As learnt, the victim – a male of 27 years – died on the 18th of March 2017 after an argument ensued between him and the suspect, aged 27 at Sihlonyaneni, Hibberdene.
After the two men physically engaged each other in a fight, the suspect struck the deceased with a heavy object on his head. While the victim died on the scene, Hibberdene police were informed about the killing. They responded to the information but didn’t find the body of the deceased at the scene.
A media statement SAPS issued in this regard revealed that the police placed the suspect under arrest after community members identified him.
“…Ugu Cluster police were called to Hibberdene as the suspect indicated that he wanted to point out where he had buried the murder victim. The necessary arrangements were made and Hibberdene SAPS and Shepstone Search and Rescue was guided to a place on the beach close to where the alleged murder took place.
“Search and Rescue members started to dig in the sand where the suspect pointed out where he had buried the corpse. The naked body of the victim soon emerged from underneath the sand. He had sustained a wound to his head,” read an excerpt from the SAPS statement.
The suspect will be charged as a murder case has been opened at Hibberdene SAPS. He will be appearing before the Hibberdene Magistrates’ Court soon.