- The KZN police have released the names and photos of the prisoners who escaped earlier this week
- The prisoners were being transported to court when their vehicle was ambushed
- Of the 16 who are still at large, five were awaiting trial for various serious charges
The police have released the names and faces of the 16 prisoners who are still on the run after a daring escape on Wednesday morning. The vehicle was transporting 45 suspects from the New Prison to court when it was ambushed by 5 heavily armed men.
According to the police, 31 prisoners escaped. 13 have been re-captured. Police spokesperson Jay Naicker added that a further two were arrested on Friday morning. According to Naicker, some prisoners chose to remain in the vehicle during the ambush, while others handed themselves over at various police stations.
Of the 16 that are still on the run, five were awaiting trial for murder, one for rape and robbery and another for attempted murder.
A list of faces and names have now been released to the public. Here are the names and crimes of the 5 awaiting trialprisoners:
Mpho Phalo (31) - Murder
Mphali Khanyiso Kou (30) - Murder
Thubelihle Dlomo (19) - Murder
Sphelele Ntsuntsu Mkhize (35) - Robbery/Rape
Kabelo Mtisilwane (27) - Robbery
Social media users have reacted to seeing the images. Twitter user Thukela54 said:
"I can just imagine after seeing these pictures then you bump into one of them then you like "hayi man I'm sure I've seen you somewhere."
"The 2nd one from the top left did it whatever he is been accused of."
"Why do criminals look soo scary?"
"Why is it that I can categorize which face belongs to which crime just from looking at them?"
Briefly News had previously reported that the KZN police have launched a manhunt after 23 prisoners escaped when the truck they were being transported to court in was hijacked on Wednesday morning. IOL reported that police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said that the incident occurred on Wednesday morning at around 8am.
Two police officers had been transporting prisoners from the PMB New Prison to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court when they were blocked by a double cab bakkie with five gunmen inside.
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