Thursday, November 23, 2006

Escapee's look-alike arrested

By Nadia Samie
23 November 2006


A man, who apparently bears a strong resemblance to the Mozambican national who escaped from Pretoria's C-Max prison last weekend has been arrested in Mpumalanga, police said today.

Reports quote police spokesperson Superintendent Mtsholi Bhembe as saying that he looks exactly like Annanias Mathe. The man was cornered at Komatipoort, near the border between South Africa and Mozambique.

The search continues for the 29-year-old awaiting-trial prisoner, who is considered extremely dangerous. It is believed that Mathe stripped and covered his entire body with petroleum jelly to climb out of a window measuring 20cm x 60cm. The C-Max prison is supposed to be the country’s most secure. The possibility of an inside job has not been ruled out.

An agent from the National Intelligence Agency will head an investigating team into the escape.

The public is warned not to try to apprehend Mathe, as he is considered dangerous. Mathe is facing 51 charges, including murder, attempted murder, rape, hijacking and armed robbery.

Anyone who has information regarding Mathe's whereabouts is asked to contact Captain Fires Jansen van Vuuren on 082-822-8174 or Inspector Selepe on 082-225-2230 or crime-stop on 08600-10111.

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