- Police have launched a massive manhunt after prisoners awaiting trial from the Malmesbury Correctional Centre
- Numerous law enforcement entities have collaborated in the search to find the undisclosed escapees
- The public was warned against approaching the suspects, urged instead to call the authorities
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An undisclosed number of prisoners have escaped from the Malmesbury Correctional Centre, resulting in the launch of a massive manhunt.
The Department of Correctional Services, in conjunction with local police and officers from nearby stations, have joined the frantic search.
Correctional Services spokesperson Logan Maistry has confirmed that the number of inmates that are currently at large remains unknown.
In a joint statement issued along with the SA Police Service, Maistry commented that:
"The search party including detectives, on foot and in vehicles, has already covered much ground with the rearrest of several escapees."
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Reinforcements have been summoned with an investigation launched to determine how the escape occurred in the first place.
The public has been warned not to attempt to apprehend the escapees. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to phone Malmesbury police’s Lieutenant Colonel Ntsethe on 082 469 0975 or Jonathan Bredenkamp on 072 878 2685.
A video posted to social media revealed the inmates still dressed in yellow prison uniforms fleeing from the scene, with other clips showing a handful being taken back into custody.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised South Africa that the government will crack down on corruption and mismanagement when it comes to Covid-19 relief funds.
Addressing the nation on Thursday, Ramaphosa vowed that consequences will be 'very, very severe' for those caught red-handed.
Ramaphosa said that a 'coordinating centre' has been established to reinforce efforts between law enforcement agencies and to help investigate corruption allegations.
These allegations relate to social relief grants, the procurement of personal protective equipment and the distribution of food parcels.
The president revealed, without going into details, that 36 cases are currently at an advanced stage of investigation.
This coordinating hub is based at the Financial Intelligence Centre and sees nine state institutions brought together.
This includes the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Hawks, the South African Revenue Service, the State Security Agency and the Special Investigations Unit.
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