Escapees who 'walked out' of police cells still on the run


DURBAN – The three detainees who escaped from unlocked police cells at Empangeni police station are still on the run and are yet to be found, the police said on Wednesday.

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The Empangeni Police Station, where the six detainees walked out of an unlocked police cell. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ANA PicturesThemba Zulu - escaped from Empangeni police cells, wanted for murder.Mxolisi Mbuyazi, wanted for shoplifting.Sandile Majola, wanted for shoplifting.

SAPS spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said internal investigations are continuing to determine how the suspects managed to walk out of the cells.

The Sunday Tribune reported on Sunday that six detainees had escaped from the police cell at Empangeni Police Station when a police officer allegedly forgot to lock the doors leading to the exit of the station.

Three of the six detainees have been re-arrested, but three of them, including murder-accused Thanda Zulu, 32, are still at large. The other two escapees are Mxolisi Mbuyazi and Sandile Majola, who were initially arrested for shoplifting. 

The family of the victims in which Zulu stands accused, are living in fear.  He escaped on the same day that he was denied bail in Mtunzini High Court.

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Have you seen these men?

  • ESCAPEE ON THE RUN | Thanda Zulu, 32, escaped from police cells in Empangeni last month.

  • ESCAPEE ON THE RUN | Sandile Majola, 32, escaped from police cells in Empangeni last month. He was arrested for shoplifting.

  • ESCAPEE ON THE RUN | Mxolisi Mbuyazi, escaped from police cells in Empangeni last month. He was arrested for shoplifting.

Police have also called on the public not  try and apprehend them as they are dangerous, but rather to contact the nearest police station or 10111 should they be identified. 

Cases of escaping from lawful custody have been opened at Empangeni police station for investigation.


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