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Update: Two suspects nabbed for attacking police members and freeing six awaiting trial prisoners

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

POLOKWANE - Members of the Limpopo Tracking Team and Murder and Robbery Unit last night arrested two suspects for their alleged involvement in the attack on Police members transporting six awaiting prisoners from Makhado Correctional Centre to Senwabarwana helping the detainees escape from custody. The incident occurred along the Vivo road on Monday, 13 March 2023. 

The Team followed up on information received about the suspects and arrested a 28-year-old Zimbabwean national whom is believed to be the brother of one of the escapees and a member of the SANDF aged, 38.

The suspects were arrested in Musina and the two motor vehicles that were used in the commission of crime, a grey Mercedes Benz and a white Toyota bakkie, were also found during the arrest and confiscated.

The following escapees are still at large:

  1. Forward Shumba aged 26
  2. Shingirai Nyandome aged 32
  3. Brilliant Sibanda aged 26
  4. Erick Sithole aged 35
  5. Moses Zambara aged 32
  6. Alex Nkomo aged 35

The two suspects, Kedibone Albert Langa (38) who is a member of South African National Defence Force and Thabani Sibanda (28); a Zimbabwean, today appeared in Louis Trichardt Magistrate's Court and were remanded in custody until 22 March 2023 for further investigations. They are facing various charges ranging from aiding and abetting, conspiracy to commit crime, possession of unlawful firearms and ammunition, attempted murder, defeating the ends of justice, malicious damage to property and discharging of a firearm.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the members for effecting these arrests and urged community members with information about the escapees and the remaining suspects to assist the Police.

Anyone with information should contact Colonel Nyelisani Mabatha on 082 565 8171, the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or may send the message via MySAPS App.


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Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo
082 8766 429



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