Thursday, September 23, 2010

Prisoners escape from court

By Jurina Nkwazi
23 September 2010


Eight prisoners escaped from the High Court in Johannesburg this morning, but seven were soon rearrested shortly thereafter. One prisoner is still on the run.

Gauteng police spokesperson Noxolo Kweza confirmed that the seven suspects had been re-arrested, some in the courthouse and the others in the streets of Johannesburg.

“The awaiting trial prisoners overpowered police at the court’s basement,” she said.

The suspects were to appear in court for murder and robbery.

On september 15, three awaiting trial prisoners escaped from their holding cell with the help of a sergeant in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court .

Kweza said police are investigating the possibility of misconduct, gross negligence and aiding prisoners to escape, against the officers.

Police are still searching for the eight prisoner.

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