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Police launch massive manhunt for three escaped prisoners

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo

POLOKWANE- The Police in Tshamutumbu outside Thohoyandou have launched a massive manhunt for three prisoners who escaped from police holding cells in the early hours of Wednesday, 02 November 2022 at around 02:00.

The prisoners, aged between 19 and 45, allegedly escaped through a hole inside the cells.

The two awaiting trial prisoners, Rulph Chemai aged 19 from Zimbabwe and Nemalale Tshilidzi aged 34 from Vhembe District face charges of house robbery and the third prisoner, Caiphus Kwinda aged 45 was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday after he was convicted of rape.

Additional charges of escaping from lawful custody have been opened and the circumstances around their escape is still being investigated.

Police are appealing for the public's assistance in locating the escapees.

Members of the community are warned not to confront the prisoners, as they are considered to be dangerous but to rather contact the nearest police station or urgently contact the investigating officer Detective Warrant Officer Colbert Ntshavheni on 082 4141621 or Crime Stop on  0860010111 or using MySAPS app.

Police investigations continue.


Media Enquiries:
Lieutenant Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi
082 450 1578



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