Manhunt for awaiting trial prisoners

THE Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange has deployed a team of detectives on a manhunt for five awaiting trial prisoners who were appearing at the South Gauteng High Court for the killing of three policemen in March and September 2015.

The prisoners escaped on Tuesday, February 6 at 12noon when a truck transporting them was attacked with high calibre firearms. The driver of the truck was shot and wounded on the lower body and he is in a stable condition at the hospital.

Police are appealing for anyone who may know their whereabouts to contact their local police station or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. The prisoners are considered to be very dangerous and may be armed. Members of the public are warned not to confront them.

Mike Dube and Sfiso Dlomo shot and killed a policeman, Frans Malesela Ledwaba on March 24, 2015, during an armed robbery of a bakery at Park Station. They were part of a group of more than ten suspects who fled the scene in two vehicles after an armed robbery. The policeman was killed when he responded to the armed robbery.

Simphiwe Mutswane, Mxolisi Mazibuko and Mzwakhe Thabethe, were awaiting trial prisoners for the killing of two policemen in Dobsonville, Warrant Officer Samuel Mchizana and Solly Maluleke, on September 9, 2015.  Both members were attached to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit and were on routine investigation when they were killed. The officers’ firearms and dockets were stolen during the attack.

The team of detectives will work around the clock until the police killers are re-arrested.

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Julie Maule
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