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2022/11/07      |  Written By:  Colonel D Mdhluli   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 06 November 2022 - Police and other law enforcement agencies are on high alert after 12 escaped from lawful custody at Komatipoort Police Station in the evening of Saturday, 05 November 2022. Two escapees, aged 27 and 34 has since been re-arrested at the Libombo Boarder in Komatipoort after reportedly attempting to cross over to Mozambique. Ten remaining suspects are still at large and are being sought by the police.

According to the report, the circumstances surrounding the escape is still under investigation however the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has visited the station immediately after the incident and appointed a team led by a Senior Officer to get into the bottom of what might have transpired.

Preliminary investigation has so far revealed that 12 inmates reportedly escaped from the police's holding cells after battling with members of the police, resulting in one member sustaining some injuries. Two service pistols as well as ammunition were also stolen by the suspects during the scuffle.

Soon after their escape, members of the security cluster were activated and that is the time when two of the suspects (Reginaldo Fulaho and Narsisco Julius Mavalela) were cornered, one arrested last night by the SAPS members and the other by the SANDF members today at the said boarder as they attempted to cross over to Mozambique.

The remaining suspects are Joseph Ubisi (35), Josiah Ndlovu (30), Ruben Macuacua (30), Amos Cossa (25), Ardemeto Madevu (18), Alsido Manique (24), Francisco Setoho (38), Sergio Tembe (36), France Baloi (29), and Smanga Khoza (50).

The suspects were previously arrested for various offences including rape, theft, robbery and kidnapping, robbery with firearms, possession of suspected stolen properties, as well as possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles. An investigation regarding their escape is underway and the suspects will face an additional charge of escaping from lawful custody.

Police would like to appreciate members who gave information that has led to the re-arrest of the two suspects however police still appeal to the public including their families not to approach these remaining suspects as they are considered to be dangerous but rather share information that may lead to their re-arrest with police by calling the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

An internal investigation regarding possible negligence and aiding has also commenced and the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has vowed that police will not hesitate to take drastic steps against any member who may be found to be at fault.