Update – Two of the escapees rearrested last night while another suspect was arrested for aiding and abetting

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the swift apprehension of two fugitives, Nkululeko Nkomo and Robert Hlatshwayo. The Task Team that was established immediately after the escape of six prisoners’ enroute to Vosloorus court in Boksburg, has been working around the clock to ensure that the six are recaptured. Yesterday evening, the team made a breakthrough when they rearrested Nkomo and Hlatswayo in Pretoria, Olivenhoutbosch at a filing station, corner of Summit Road and R55. The third suspect was also arrested and he will be charged with aiding and abetting.

The Provincial Commissioner has thanked the public for all the tip-offs that the police have been receiving on the whereabouts of the fugitives. “The public as our eyes and ears in the communities is playing a vital role in the fight against crime. Your tip-offs are all assessed and followed up to ensure that we do not leave any stone unturned in our quest to bring all the escapees back to prison,” he said.

The manhunt for the remaining four escapees continues.

Source: South African Police Service

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