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Six Prisoners Escape After Transport Vehicle Ambushed

The police in Gauteng have launched a manhunt after six inmates escaped custody on Friday, 14 January. The prisoners escaped from the vehicle transporting them to court when it was ambushed before it reached its destination.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said the six suspects were en route to the Vosloorus Magistrate’s Court on Friday when they escaped from custody.

“According to reports, the police truck transporting the prisoners was ambushed by three armed men driving  a silver Audi vehicle at the corner of Barry Marais and Rondebult streets,” said Muridili.

Five of the six escapees were expected to appear before the court on charges of business robbery, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm, said the police spokesperson.

The sixth suspect was due to make his first appearance for a shoplifting case.

Five of the escapees are Zimbabwean – Nkululeko Nkomo, Thulani Dube, Augustine Moyo, Mbongiseni Mkandla – while Robert Hlatshwayo is South African.

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