Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
Police in South Africa have launched a manhunt for five Zimbabwean men, who along with two locals escaped from remand prison in Modimolle in Limpopo province on Saturday evening.
Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed the developments yesterday.
He said the seven broke away from holding cells at around 8pm during a routine service by the police.
Col Ngoepe said the circumstances around this escaping incident is a subject of the ongoing police investigations.
“It is alleged that these prisoners escaped during the routine service by the police and they were identified as Philani Ndebele (Zimbabwean), Thapelo Mello (South African) and Themba Ncube (Zimbabwean), who were all arrested for contravening sections of the explosives Act,” he said.
“The other suspects are Sello Rengane (South African), who was arrested for rape, Mpho Obvious Lesese, Kenneth Shumba and Kazen Dhliwayo all Zimbabweans who were arrested for armed robbery and house breaking.
“Anyone with information that can lead to the re-arrest of these escapees is requested to contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the Crime Line SMS 32211 or the nearest Police Station.”
The incident comes a few months after two other Zimbabweans along with seven South Africans escaped Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre outside Makhado town in Limpopo Province.
The gang escaped from lawful custody after scaling the roof of a police van while being taken to court for trial.
The prisoners who were serving for robbery and murder were later re-arrested in Ivory Park.
They include Chris Faku (37), Jabulani Isaac Mahlangu (32) from Pretoria in the Gauteng Province, Ntshengedzeni Manukha (26) from Thohoyandou, Ntshavheni Thomas Munyai (30) from Riverside, Rapheal Nyota, Justice Makamo (28) from Zimbabwe and Phathutshedzo Namadodzi (34) from Dididi village outside Thohoyandou.