Yesterday, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that 20 prisoners escaped from lawful custody. Minister Fikile Mbalula has now been put in a chokehold over the incident.
Already, the police have launched a manhunt for the prisoners who reportedly escaped while they are being moved to the Johannesburg Correctional Service.
It’s said that the awaiting trial prisoners escaped when their transport was ambushed by a group of armed men in Southgate, Johannesburg.
Asserting that the incident is “incredibly concerning”, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party charged that Minister Fikile Mbalula of the police department must account for the prisoners.
“The Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, must fully account for the 20 prisoners who escaped yesterday evening while being transported in Johannesburg.
“South Africans already fear for their safety every single day. Now there are more criminals on the loose who escaped while awaiting trial.
“It is crucial that the Minister takes the country into his confidence by supplying a detailed explanation for this and how the South African Police Service (SAPS) plans to apprehend these prisoners,” stated the party.
Thereafter, the party contended that the Minister of Police has a duty to improve the safety of South African citizens.
Thus, he must “fully account for how a prison break of this magnitude can happen,” added DA.
SAPS confirmed that the prisoners were awaiting trial prisoners charged with various crimes ranging from armed robbery, housebreaking, and theft to possession of drugs.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that one of the prisoners has already been sentenced to 17 years imprisonment. He was convicted of an armed robbery crime.
While several leads are being followed to arrest the suspects, SAPS has urged anyone with information about the suspects who ambushed the truck and the whereabouts of the prisoners to contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.