Escapees back behind bars
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.