Police request community assistance in tracing six awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from lawful custody

Police are appealing to members of the community to assist in locating and or providing information that can lead to the re-arrest of six (6) awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from lawful custody in the early hours of Thursday, 20 December 2018, at Hartbeespoortdam Police cells.

Allegedly, the six (6) accused escaped by sawing through the burglar proofing. Their names are Felix Mlambo (26), Ciphus Shilenge (26), Henry Sithole (22), Charles Chauke (34), Talent Machinda (25) as well as Paul Samuel Mozite (24). They were detained for various offences including murder, house and business robberies and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Members of the community are further urged not to approach or apprehend or confront the escapees as they are considered to be dangerous.

Anyone with information that may lead to re-arrest of the escapees can call the nearest police station or contact the Investigating Officer, Colonel Simon Mokwena at 082 856 1326.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane said the Police will work around the clock to trace the suspects.

Source: South African Police Service