How Armed Suspects Helped Zimbabwean Prisoners Escape from Custody in South Africa

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has initiated a manhunt for six Zimbabwean inmates on trial who escaped from detention in Makhado.


According to local media, on Monday, March 13, 2022, a group of heavily armed criminals attacked police officers on the Vivo road near the first Sxhoemansdal turnoff outside Louis Trichardt. The accused opened fire on the cops who were guarding the six detainees who were ready to go on trial.


After subduing the cops, the armed guys fled in a grey Mercedes Benz and a white Toyota Bakkie with the six detainees.


Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed the incident and revealed the identity of the prisoners who fled. He said;


“The following prisoners managed to escape during the attack: Forward Shumba, aged 26; Shingirai Nyandome, aged 32; Brilliant Sibanda, aged 26; Erick Sithole, aged 35; Moses Zambara, aged 32 and Alex Nkomo, aged 35.

“All escapees are Zimbabwean nationals. The first five were arrested for aggravated robbery, three counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. The last one was arrested for theft of cables.”


Limpopo Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has ordered SAPS to mobilise resources, including the air wing, to locate and arrest the escapees and suspects.


Members of the public have been asked not to approach the suspects as they are deemed dangerous.


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