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Cops shoot would-be escapees

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - Three prisoners were shot and wounded when they tried to escape from custody at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on the East Rand on Thursday, police said.

Four prisoners jumped out of a police vehicle as they were being dropped off at the door to the court cells around 10am, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said.

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Department of Correctional Services officials are now receiving managment training to assist them in coping with the increasing stress of dealing with large volumes of prisoners. A warder at an East London Prison keeps a close eye on prisoners. 241006 Picture: Steve Lawrence

“Three of them were shot and wounded in the legs while the fourth one managed to escape.”

Police were searching for him. The injured prisoners were taken to Natalspruit hospital in Katlehong.

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