According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, the escapees were en route to Wellington Correctional Facility following their appearance in Court on Tuesday, June 22.
“It is alleged that on the day in question, at about 16:00, Qumbu police officers were transporting prisoners back to prison when a loud bang at the back door of the van startled them. Upon inspection, motorists informed them that prisoners had fled the scene,” Naidu said.
She added that the escapees are considered dangerous as they are facing charges ranging from assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm to rape and attempted murder.
“The circumstances surrounding the escape have raised eyebrows, which has made it necessary for an internal investigation together with a case of escape from lawful custody opened at SAPS Madeira.”
The details of the escapees are as follows:
Malixole Mkhutyukelwa (22) – charged for contravention of protection order and assault GBH
Mkhanyisi Yonwaba Mkhumbuzi (23) – charged for rape
Msindisi Rawuzela (28) – charged for stock theft
Aphiwe Jikingqina (32) – charged for robbery
Masixole Baleni (27) – charged for attempted murder
Police are appealing to the communities to assist in tracing the escapees and anyone with information can contact SAPS Madeira, D/W/O Maliwa Ayanda on 071 608 6591 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or their nearest police station. All information will be treated confidentially.