SA jail­break sus­pect re-ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda

ONE of the five dan­ger­ous Zim­bab­wean crim­i­nals who last week es­caped from po­lice cus­tody at Musina Po­lice Sta­tion in South Africa, has been re-ar­rested.

Bruce Hung­wane (26), who was fac­ing a rape charge, was re-ar­rested in Musina on Fri­day night fol­low­ing a tip-off.

Hung­wane, to­gether with four sus­pects who are still at large, was await­ing trial.

South African po­lice spokesper­son for Lim­popo Prov­ince Lieu­tenant Colonel Moat­she Ngoepe said Hung­wane will soon ap­pear at Musina Mag­is­trate’s Court on a charge of es­cap­ing from law­ful cus­tody.

“We have re-ar­rested Bruce Hung­wane who was part of the five crim­i­nals that es­caped from po­lice cus­tody in Musina. He was ar­rested in Musina fol­low­ing a tip-off. We have also in­ten­si­fied the man­hunt for the re­main­ing four who are still on the run,” said Lt Col Ngoepe.

He said they were work­ing Zim­bab­wean po­lice on the man­hunt.

“We have roped in our Zim­bab­wean coun­ter­parts to as­sist us in hunt­ing for the four es­capees as there are fears that they could have es­caped back to Zim­babwe 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,” said the po­lice spokesper­son.

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

The other four es­capees are 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 five es­capees broke out of the cells through a brick wall a week ago.

The quin­tet was sup­posed to ap­pear in court last week.— @mash­nets.

Cat­tle graze fresh road­side grass along the Bu­l­awayo-Harare high­way, pos­ing a haz­ard to mo­torists. The Govern­ment and Traf­fic Safety Coun­cil of Zim­babwe are erect­ing a fence along the Bu­l­away­oGweru high­way, a sit­u­a­tion that will re­sult in re­duced ac­ci­dents and loss of live­stock. — (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

Bruce Hung­wane

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