Six Zimbabwean prisoners who were being transported by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have escaped after a group of heavily armed criminals attacked and shot at the officers in the Makhado area of South Africa. The six individuals were awaiting trial when the attack occurred.
The SAPS has launched a massive manhunt for the suspects, who fled the scene in a grey Mercedes Benz and a white Toyota Bakkie, taking the prisoners with them. The incident took place on the Vivo road next to the first Sxhoemansdal turnoff outside Louis Trichardt.
The six escapees are Forward Shumba (26), Shingirai Nyandome (32), Brilliant Sibanda (26), Erick Sithole (35), Moses Zambara (32), and Alex Nkomo (35), all of whom are Zimbabwean nationals.
This incident highlights the ongoing issue of violent crime in South Africa, particularly in the transportation of prisoners. It also raises questions about the adequacy of security measures and protocols for transporting prisoners in the country.
The SAPS has assured the public that it is doing everything possible to apprehend the suspects and bring them to justice. In the meantime, the public is urged to come forward with any information that may assist with the investigation.
It is hoped that the six escapees will be apprehended quickly and returned to custody to face trial. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of ensuring the safety and security of prisoners in transit, as well as the need for greater efforts to combat violent crime in South Africa.