BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) that 20 prisoners have escaped from lawful custody.
As informed, the police have launched a manhunt for the prisoners who reportedly escaped while they are being moved to the Johannesburg Correctional Service.
It is said that the group of 20 prisoners were awaiting trial and being transported from the Johannesburg Magistrate Court yesterday at about 16:00 to the Johannesburg Correctional Service.
From what we gathered, the prisoners escaped after the truck transporting them was ambushed at Pat Mbatha Road near South Gate train station. by a group of men armed with rifles.
The truck was ambushed by a group of men armed with rifles. It is said that the truck door lock was broken to enable the prisoners’ escape.
SAPS appealed to anyone with information about the suspects who ambushed the truck and the whereabouts of the prisoners to contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.
“They were awaiting trial prisoners charged with various crimes including armed robbery, housebreaking and theft and possession of drugs.
“One of the prisoners was already sentenced to 17 years imprisonment after he was convicted for an armed robbery,” stated the police service.
The police officers leading the prisoners to the Johannesburg Correctional Service were not injured.
SAPS added that several leads are being followed to arrest the suspects. “Further details of the prisoners will be released at a later stage as the investigation is continuing,” added the South African Police Service.
Meanwhile, two men were arrested for abalone worth R10 million in Western Cape. SAPS attributed the arrest to partnership policing in the Kleinvlei area.
The partnership it said, contributed to the stopping of two men in their tracks when crime fighters acted on information they received from the community about abalone that was kept in a house in Blackheath.
“Abalone worth an estimated street value of R10 million was confiscated. The men aged 27 and 31 years were arrested. Once charged, the suspects will appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates’ court,” SAPS related.