The prisoners, Cassim Alijan (33), Bongani Kubheka (25), Bongonkosi Sithebe (41), Mondli Gamede (26), Lethukuthula Shabalala (25) and Mduduzi Mabaso (30) were in custody for crimes such as murder, rape house robbery and attempted rape.
They escaped through the ceiling and fled the scene. Mabaso was re-arrested within a few minutes after his escape. A case of escaping from lawful custody was opened at the Dundee police station for further investigation.
The re-arrest followed a multi-disciplinary, intelligence driven operation by Dundee detectives, Crime Intelligence and the Newcastle K9 Unit.
The prisoners are scheduled to appear in the Dundee Magistrates Court on Thursday facing charges of escaping from lawful custody.
Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, commended police for the speedy arrest of the escapees.
“I want to thank members of the community who came forward with information that assisted police in locating the whereabouts of the escapees. This in an indication that the strong partnership between the police and the community in the fight against crime is bearing fruit,” she said.
She said they also be investigating the owner of the house where the escapees were found and he could be charged for harbouring prisoners.
– CAJ News