Police Release Images of 16 Escaped KZN Prisoners on the Loose

Police Release Images of 16 Escaped KZN Prisoners on the Loose

- 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

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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.

Police release images of 16 escaped KZN prisoners on the run
The police have released some images of the escaped prisoners. Image: @dasenthathiah
Source: Twitter

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.

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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."

Tusguy_Mothusi said:

"The 2nd one from the top left did it whatever he is been accused of."

chubbyoliviak said:

"Why do criminals look soo scary?"

karabonkabinde6 said:

"Why is it that I can categorize which face belongs to which crime just from looking at them?"

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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