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Prison break: cops on the hunt for five prisoners who escaped custody

Prisoners were being transported back to the facility when the vehicle was ‘attacked’ and the men managed to flee. Investigations are underway.

Prisoners were being transported back to the facility when the vehicle was ‘attacked’ and the men managed to flee. Investigations are underway.

Published Jun 24, 2022

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Durban - Police are searching for five awaiting trial prisoners who allegedly escaped from the Wellington Correctional Facility.

It is understood that Qumbu police officers were transporting prisoners back to prison when they heard a bang at the back door of the vehicle. They were travelling along Nqadu Road on Tuesday.

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"When they stopped, they were informed by motorists that the prisoners being transported, were escaping," police said in a statement.

The details of the escapees are as follows:

Malixole Mkhutyukelwa (22) -charged for Contravention of Protection Order and assault GBH.

Mkhanyisi Yonwaba Mkhumbuzi (23) - charged for Rape

Msindisi Rawuzela (28) - charged for Stock Theft

Aphiwe Jikingqina (32) – charged for Robbery

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Masixole Baleni (27) - charged for attempted murder

Cases of escaping from lawful custody was opened at SAPS Madeira and is under investigation.

An investigation is also underway by the relevant departments.

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Police are appealing to the communities to assist them in tracing the escapees and anyone with information may contact SAPS Madeira, Detective Warrant Officer Maliwa Ayanda on 071 608 6591 or #CrimeStop on 08600 10111 or their nearest police station.

All information is confidential and callers may remain anonymous. Police are warning communities that aiding and abetting a criminal is an offence and anyone found to be harbouring these fugitives will face criminal charges.Durban - Police are searching for five awaiting trial prisoners who allegedly escaped from the Wellington Correctional Facility.

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