Fugitive who escaped police van in Vosloorus hands himself over, 3 prisoners still on the run

The manhunt for the remaining three fugitives continues.

The manhunt for the remaining three fugitives continues.

  • A fugitive who escaped from police custody in
    Vosloorus handed himself over to officials.
  • He was one of six prisoners who escaped when a
    police vehicle was ambushed on Friday.
  • Two other fugitives were taken into custody on
    Friday night.

A third fugitive who escaped from police custody in
Vosloorus, Gauteng has handed himself over at the local court.

He was one of six prisoners who escaped after the
police van they were travelling in was ambushed by three men with assault
rifles in Vosloorus on Friday morning, said police spokesperson Brigadier
Brenda Muridili.

Two other fugitives, Nkululeko Nkomo and Robert
Hlatswayo, were rearrested on Friday night at a filling station on the corner
of Summit Road and the R55 in Olievenhoutbosch, Pretoria.

Escaped prisoner Nkululeko Nkomo

Nkululeko Nkomo, a Zimbabwean national who escaped from police custody in Brakpan.

Escaped prisoner Robert Hlatshwayo

South African national Robert Hlatshwayo, who escaped from police custody.

The third re-arrested escapee, identified as
Bafeletse Nyembe, handed himself over to the Vosloorus Magistrate’s Court on
Monday, said Muridili.

“Nyembe has appeared in court on a charge of
theft, as well as an additional charge of escaping from lawful custody. He has
been remanded in custody and he will appear in court again on 27 January,”
said Muridili.

Nkomo and Hlatswayo have also appeared in court on
charges of business robbery, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed
firearm, as well as escaping from lawful custody. They will also remain in
custody until their next court appearance on 27 January.

READ | 6 awaiting trial prisoners escape after suspects with assault rifles ambush police van

According to police, the manhunt for the remaining three
fugitives continues.

The prisoners were being transported to the
Vosloorus Magistrate’s Court when a silver Audi cut off the police van at the
corner of Barry Marais and Rondebult roads.

Three men exited the Audi and
allegedly released the awaiting trial prisoners before fleeing the scene. One
of the men has been apprehended and is expected to be charged with aiding and
abetting.

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