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Johannesburg - Two men suspected of having helped murder- and house robbery-accused Vusimuzi Genge to escape from the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court have been arrested.
Genge’s escape - which investigating officer Warrant Officer Peet Venter of the Hawks said was clearly “planned long ago” - apparently took place from the court’s holding cells on Monday.
The 30-year-old was to stand trial for violent and serious crimes committed in Randfontein and Krugersdorp in 2010. Charges against him include murder, house robbery, business robbery, hijacking and attempted murder.
Genge was arrested in 2010.
“The two suspects, aged 23 and 28, were arrested on Monday night,” Venter said on Tuesday.
He couldn’t confirm exactly how Genge escaped as that was part of the investigation. However, he said the escapee must have had assistance in the holding cells.
Genge was still on the run on Tuesday night.
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the Hawks were appealing to the public for information that might lead to the arrest of the “most dangerous” Genge.
“The suspect is about 1.9m tall and well built. He is considered aggressive and dangerous. Members of the public are warned not to confront him, but to contact the police when they see him,” he said.
Anyone with information may contact Venter on 071 603 8808, or 011 951 1939. Information can also be forwarded anonymously to Crime Stop at 086 001 10111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211.