BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) that awaiting trial prisoners have escaped from lawful custody.
As informed, SAPS has already launched a manhunt for the four awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from police cells in Bela Bela.
It is said that five prisoners escaped from the cells last night at about 22:00. While one of them, Clifford Cleo Mutonhon (29) was re-arrested outside the police station yard, the remaining four fled into the darkness and are still at large.
The prisoners were arrested for an armed robbery that was committed along the N1 freeway between Pienaarsrivier and Bela Bela.
SAPS said the circumstances of the escape are still being investigated. The identity of the prisoners at large are:
- Silence Dube (29) from 2205 Block R Soshanguve.
- Philani Sithole (30) from 116003 Kgwadi Stand Winterbeldt, Mabopane
- Thabang Dube (30) also from Winterveldt, Mabopane
- Joshua Mogashoa.
Anyone with information about these escapees is requested to contact the nearest police station or contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
Meanwhile, the Gauteng police are worried about crimes that emanate from drugs, alcohol and other substance abuse.
SAPS in the province said people are being murdered and robbed while they come from liquor outlets late at night or early hours of the morning.
As such, the Gauteng police conducted intelligence-driven operations that focused on illegal liquor outlets, drug dealers, and abusers. The operation brought-about the arrest of many drug dealers, people carrying dangerous weapons and those selling liquor without the license to do so.
While over 1400 people were arrested in Gauteng for various crimes, the police in Tshwane arrested about 980 suspects for crime ranging from assault, to hijacking, malicious damage to property, fraud, business robbery, and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
More than 286 people were arrested in Johannesburg after they committed (crimes like) murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, robbery, rape, assault, and fraud. In Ekurhuleni, more than 170 suspects were put behind bars for committing various crimes that include robbery, possession of house breaking implements, possession of stolen property, drunk and driving offenses and malicious damage to property, stated the police service.
From tomorrow, the suspects will be dragged to different Magistrate’s Courts in the province. SAPS thanked South Africans for helping the operation. “It is through this collaborative effort that the level of crime can be reduced,” it said.