Man­hunt as dan­ger­ous Zim crim­i­nals es­cape SA po­lice

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FIVE dan­ger­ous Zim­bab­wean crim­i­nals await­ing trial in South Africa es­caped from po­lice cus­tody at Musina Po­lice Sta­tion, amid fears that they could have crossed back into the coun­try through il­le­gal cross­ing points.

The quin­tet is linked to a se­ries of mur­der, armed rob­bery and house­break­ing charges com­mit­ted in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

South African po­lice spokesper­son for Lim­popo Province Lieu­tenant Colonel Moat­she Ngoepe said the five es­capees broke out of the cells through a brick wall on Fri­day night.

He said the five dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals may have es­caped back to Zimbabwe.

He iden­ti­fied the sus­pects as Bruce Hung­wane (26), who was ar­rested for rape, John Job Ndlovu (23) who is fac­ing a mur­der charge, Sa­muel Lucky Tawanda Ma­sot­sha (21), an armed rob­bery sus­pect and two teenagers who could not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

The two mi­nors who are both aged 18 are fac­ing charges of theft from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and un­law­ful en­try.

Lt Col Ngoepe said un­der South African law any­one who is un­der 21 years is con­sid­ered a mi­nor, hence he could not name the two teenagers.

The quin­tet was sup­posed to ap­pear in court this week to an­swer to the charges they are fac­ing.

Lt Col Ngoepe yes­ter­day told The Chron­i­cle that they have since launched a man­hunt for the sus­pects.

“We started track­ing the five sus­pects and we are in the process of en­gag­ing our Zim­bab­wean coun­ter­parts through In­ter­pol as they might be a pos­si­bil­ity that they could have fled back to the neigh­bour­ing coun­try through il­le­gal cross­ing points.

“We urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of these es­capees to con­tact Bri­gadier James Es­pach on +27 82 576 0743 or utilise our 24-hour crime stop num­ber 0860010111.

“They can also visit any near­est po­lice sta­tion,” said the po­lice spokesper­son.

This is not the first time that Zim­bab­wean pris­on­ers have es­caped from cells in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

In 2010, six Zim­bab­weans linked to a se­ries of mur­der, armed rob­bery and house­break­ing cases es­caped from the Musina po­lice cells.

The six Zim­bab­weans, four await­ing-trial and two con­victed pris­on­ers es­caped from the cells after they sawed through iron cell bars. — @mash­nets.

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