- Police have launched a manhunt for 3 convicted killers who escaped from Johannesburg Prison also infamously known as ‘Sun City’
- The men made good on their brazen escape after a judge sentenced each man to 4 life sentences for the murder of a Johannesburg family
- Officials have been left red-faced by the second escape in a week, last week 16 awaiting trial prisoners escaped from the same facility
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched a massive manhunt after three convicted murderers escaped from Johannesburg Prison also known as ‘Sun City’. The three men made a brazen escape after being sentenced to four life terms each.
SAPS and Correctional Services officials have been left red-faced by the escape from the infamous ‘Sun City’ facility. Last week 16 awaiting trial prisoners escaped from the prison.
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Lindelani Nyathi, Bukelani Nyathi and Qiniso Dladla escaped custody shortly after being sentenced for the brutal murder of a family from Lawley in the south of Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za gathered that a criminal investigation has been launched to determine whether prison officials assisted the three men with their escape.
Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed the criminal investigation and said further details would be released once the investigation had been completed.
Dlamini said: “A team of detectives have launched a manhunt for three sentenced prisoners who escaped at the Johannesburg High Court after they had been sentenced to four life imprisonment each. The prisoners had been convicted and sentenced for the murder of a family at Lawley during August 2016.”
The provincial SAPS are conducting a high-level investigation to determine whether anyone inside the facility had assisted in the recent escapes. Anyone who is found to have helped prisoners escape would face the full might of the law.
Dlamini said the latest escape occurred while the prisoners were still in police custody and had not yet been handed over to correctional officers.
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