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Pretoria – Four “dangerous” prisoners have escaped from custody in Limpopo after disarming a police officer, and the South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched an in depth manhunt looking for to recapture them.
“The police in Westenburg have launched a search operation for four dangerous prisoners who managed to escape from a police motor vehicle along the R101 road next to Eerstegoud Trading Store [on Wednesday] 21 July 2021 at about 11h30,” stated Limpopo SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
He stated seven prisoners have been being transported from Polokwane Correctional Centre to Mokopane, for sentencing, when 4 of them allegedly escaped.
“The prisoners also managed to grab the service pistol belonging to a police member during the incident and fled into the nearby bushes. The other three prisoners remained in the vehicle,” stated Mojapelo.
The SAPS launched the names and pictures of the escapees.
“The suspects were arrested and later convicted for robbery with aggravating circumstances which they committed during April 2019 in the Mokopane policing area. They were to be sentenced on Friday 23 July 2021,” stated Mojapelo.
The South African Police Service is warning members of the general public to not strategy the escapees, as they’re thought of to be “very dangerous”. Community members are inspired to inform the SAPS in the event that they establish the wished males.
“The provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered a full probe into the circumstances of the escape with a view of determining exactly what happened. She also appealed to community members to inform the police when spotting these criminals,” stated Mojapelo.
“Anyone with information that can assist the police to find the four prisoners should contact Westenburg detectives commander Captain Tshikudo on 0825658566 or crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station.”
In November 2019, 4 “dangerous” awaiting-trial prisoners escaped from police holding cells in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, prompting the SAPS to launch a manhunt.
African News Agency (ANA)