Es­capees back be­hind bars

The New Age (Gauteng) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - TA­TENDA CHIRISERI prov­inces@the­

ALL six in­mates who es­caped from Pollsmoor Prison on Sun­day night have been caught.

The last of the six, Siphenan­thi Ntan­tiso, was re­ar­rested on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The pris­on­ers, aged be­tween 20 and 24, were be­ing held in the youth sec­tion of the prison when they es­caped by bend­ing their cell’s bur­glar bars and us­ing a makeshift rope of bed­ding and clothes to scale the pa­ram­e­ter fence.

West­ern Cape re­gional cor­rec­tional ser­vice com­mis­sioner Delek­ile Klaas con­firmed the re­ar­rest of the six pris­on­ers and said they will ap­pear in the Wyn­berg Mag­is­trate’s Court soon.

“The last of­fender of the six who es­caped has now been ar­rested. We had given the team 72 hours to ar­rest them. I must com­mend them for the good work be­cause they took that task with com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and zeal to make sure that within only 48 hours all the es­capees were back in our fa­cil­ity,” Klaas said.

One of the es­caped con­victs is serv­ing 12 years for at­tempted mur­der, while the rest have been sen­tenced for petty crimes.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lt-Col An­dré Traut said one in­mate was ar­rested in Klein­vlei and two oth­ers in Ocean View.

The six es­caped from the B5 unit of Pollsmoor Prison Medium B sec­tion at about 11pm on Sun­day.

“On Sun­day night we had a group of of­fend­ers who broke the win­dow of their cell. They broke the bed and used that iron to break the frame of the win­dow. Af­ter break­ing the win­dow, six of them jumped out and climbed the fence and es­caped,” Klaas said.

The depart­ment has launched an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

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