DURBAN - Members of a notorious Durban gang were moved to Kokstad’s maximum security Ebongweni C-Max facility from the Westville Prison after a jail break scare this week.
Westville Prison’s Medium A section was on lockdown as members of the SAPS bomb squad and the Tactical Response Team stood off outside the facility acting on a tip-off that an escape attempt was scheduled to take place at midday on Thursday.
Police were tipped off that about 10 inmates who were all allegedly part of the “Bloods Gang” were orchestrating a prison break attempt and that firearms, as well as explosives, had been smuggled into the prison this week.
A search operation was subsequently conducted at the Medium A section which houses awaiting-trial prisoners.
National Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Logan Maistry said, in the interests of security, he could not confirm if members of the gang were moved.