Limpopo police launch manhunt for escaped prisoners

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Published Sep 11, 2017


Bela Bela - Limpopo police on Monday said a manhunt had been launched for four awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from the Bela Bela police station on Sunday. 

This after five men escaped at 10pm from the station's police cells. 

Police, however, managed to rearrest the one escapee, Clifford Cleo Mutonhon, shortly after his escape attempt on the police station grounds. 

All five suspects were arrested for an armed robbery that took place on the N1 freeway between Pienaarsrivier and Bela Bela. 

It is unclear how the five managed to escape police cells. 

RT #sapsLIM Manhunt launched for 4 awaiting trial prisoners who #escaped from Bela Bela police cells last night. ME

— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) September 11, 2017

The four remaining suspects are: Silence Dube, 29; Philani Sithole, 30; Thabang Dube, 30 and Joshua Mogashoa.

The daring escape comes hardly a month after, 20 awaiting trial prisoners managed to escape while being escorted to the Johannesburg Correctional Services from the Johannesburg Magistrates' Court. 

READ MORE: Manhunt launched for 20 escaped prisoners

The men, facing alleged crimes ranging from murder, culpable homicide and robbery, escaped after armed men managed to ambush the vehicle they were travelling in. 

Gauteng police have since confirmed that seven of the escapees have since been apprehended. 


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