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Two escapees re-arrested following Mount Frere breakout through a hole in a cell wall

Two escapees have been re-arrested since the escape of 12 awaiting trial prisoners from the cells at South African Police Services (SAPS) Mount Frere, Eastern Cape, during the early hours of the morning on Thursday, 30 September 2021.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said on Friday, 1 October 2021 at about 11am, Nkosikhona Ngcopheni, who was detained on a theft charge, was arrested at his house in Nkungwini location in Mount Frere.

The second suspect, Naidu said, Sodlana Luphumzo was also arrested on Friday afternoon in Bislan location.

“At the time of his escape, he was detained for burglary,” Naidu said.

Naidu added that the police task teams are still on the hunt for the remaining escapees.

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The 12 prisoners escaped at around 2am on Thursday.

Naidu said while SAPS members were conducting their routine hourly cell visits on Thursday, they discovered a hole in the wall of a cell which the 12 prisoners had escaped through.

“On further investigation, it was established that a perimeter fence near the cell block was also cut.”

The remaining escapees that the police are still hunting are:

1. Luthando Mangaliso – Rape

2. Sikhona Manyambela Ntabankulu – Robbery Aggravated

3. Funisile Nodada Ntabankulu – Robbery Aggravated

4. Ntokozo Diko Ntabankulu – Robbery Aggravated

5. Mandla Mcukana Mt Frere – Robbery Aggravated

6. Bandile Banzi Blaai – Robbery  Aggravated

7. Aphelele Aros – Robbery
8. Ayanda Madzikane – Robbery Aggravated
9. Mbonowenkosi Boto  – Robbery Aggravated
10. Spelele Ngqetho – Robbery Aggravating

“Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these criminals is asked to contact the Mount Frere Station Commander, Colonel Fundiswa Mhlamanzana on 0824992480 or 039 2550550 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station. All information is confidential and callers may remain anonymous,” Naidu said.

The provincial organized crime Investigation is investigating a case of escaping from lawful custody, Naidu said, adding that an internal probe will also be conducted.

The police have warned communities not to harbour or protect the criminals as they will be committing an offence if found to be aiding and abetting them.

“We appeal to the communities to keep an alert eye out for these criminals who are dangerous and to work closely with us to ensure their speedy arrests.”

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