2 Prison warders arrested for helping inmates escape from ‘Sun City’ prison

2 Prison warders arrested for helping inmates escape from ‘Sun City’ prison

- Two Department of Corrections officials were arrested on Thursday for allegedly assisting 16 prisoners escape from Johannesburg Prison

- The warders are expected to appear in court on Friday

- Police confirmed they were continuing with the investigation and could not comment on whether more arrested would be made

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Two corrections officials were arrested on Thursday at the Johannesburg Prison more commonly known as ‘Sun City’. The two wardens allegedly assisted 16 prisoners in their successful escape two weeks ago.

The two warders are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s court on Friday. Police have confirmed they would be continuing with their investigation in this matter and would not comment on whether more arrests would be made.

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The 16 awaiting trial prisoners escaped from the facility on 9 April after removing bricks from a wall. Inmates used metal cupboards to climb to the hole in the wall and cut through a mesh grill which ultimately allowed them to escape.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo applauded the arrests. “We have always maintained that we will leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of this escape which really embarrassed the system‚” Nxumalo said.

Police are still searching for 10 of the 16 escapees. Two were killed during a shootout with KwaZulu-Natal police, while a further four have been successfully rearrested.

Yesterday, Briefly.co.za reported that deputy justice minister Thabang Makwetla said he had obtained clear evidence that the escape would have been impossible to achieve without assistance from prison officials.

He said: “It is not so much the levels of resources that are responsible for the escapes, but there is a human factor challenge that is beginning to creep in here.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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