The South Africa Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that seven inmates believed to be Zimbabweans escaped from Grahamstown Prison on Tuesday.
Although details remain sketchy at this point, all seven of the jailbirds were remanded in custody on charges of rhino poaching.
An investigation is already underway at Grahamstown Prison, to establish how exactly these criminals got out of jail.
The department has since warned members of the public describing the escapees as dangerous.
“Working with the SAPS, the Department of Correctional Services has launched a manhunt, following the escape of seven detainees at Grahamstown Prison in Makhanda, Eastern Cape. This happened in the early hours of Tuesday 18 October.
“Investigations have been instituted, and the circumstances relating to the escape will be confirmed in due course. The seven wanted suspects have been charged with rhino poach. We appeal to the public to assist with any information that can lead to their re-arrest.
“The escaped prisoners are considered to be dangerous. Citizens should not confront them if spotted, and any details worth noting must be shared with your nearest police station. We will share images of the suspects later in the day.” read the department’s statement