Six Zimbabweans Escape Police Custody In SA

By Staff Reporter

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is hunting for armed men who assisted six Zimbabwean prisoners awaiting trial to escape from custody in Makhado.

On Monday, 13 March 2022, a group of heavily armed suspects approached the police along the Vivo road next to the first Sxhoemansdal turnoff outside Louis Trichardt. The suspects fired gunshots at the cops guarding the six detainees who were about to go on trial.

After subduing the cops, the armed men took the six prisoners and spirited off in a grey Mercedes Benz and a white Toyota Bakkie.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed the incident and revealed the identity of the prisoners who fled:

“The following prisoners managed to escape during the attack: Forward Shumba, aged 26; Shingirai Nyandome, aged 32; Brilliant Sibanda, aged 26; Erick Sithole, aged 35; Moses Zambara, aged 32 and Alex Nkomo, aged 35.

All escapees are Zimbabwean nationals. The first five were arrested for aggravated robbery, three counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. The last one was arrested for theft of cables.”

Limpopo Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has ordered SAPS to mobilise resources, including the air wing, to locate and arrest the escapees and suspects.

Brigadier Mojapelo also appealed to the public not to approach the suspects as they are deemed dangerous. Instead, they should notify the SAPS once they spot the prisoners and their accomplices.

“To provide any pertinent information, please contact Colonel Nyelisani Mabatha at 082 565 8171, the Crime Stop hotline at 08600 10111, or use the MySAPS App.”

South Africans expressed mixed reactions over the armed suspects who helped Zimbabwean prisoners escape.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button