- 63 Of the 69 Malmesbury Prison escapees have been found after an intense manhunt
- The inmates had managed to make a dramatic escape after overpowering guards on Friday
- This is the second escape from the prison since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown
63 Of the escaped Malmesbury Prison inmates have been recaptured after 69 escaped on Friday.
The group had overpowered prison guards by locking three of them in a cell before escaping through the main entrance of the building.
This is the second escape from the prison since lockdown was announced in March. The inmates had been facing charges ranging from assault to housebreaking and robbery.
News24 reports that Provincial Correctional Services commissioner Delekile Klaas had commented:
“The escapees overpowered officials, took the keys and locked three of them in a cell and opened other cells before escaping through the main entrance and over the roof.”
Nine officials have sustained minor injuries during the ordeal. At the time of the incident, 20 officials were on duty watching over 451 offenders.
In a statement issued by the SA Police Service, it was confirmed that multiple stations had joined the manhunt for the escapees.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the incident had prompted a widespread manhunt for the suspects including sniffer dogs and private security companies.
Videos of the escape itself quickly went viral on social media with prisoners seen sprinting across the road.
Klaas confirmed that six detainees remain at large and are believed to be in the Vredenburg area, commenting further that:
“The situation currently has been stabilised at the facility and the Emergency Support Team has been activated to monitor the situation. Furthermore, some of the problematic inmates have been transferred out of the facility to the maximum facilities in the region."
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