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Community urged to assist police in apprehending two suspects who escaped from police custody

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


POLOKWANE - The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in  Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers is appealing to the members of the community to assist with information that can lead to  the re arrest of two male suspects believed to be Mozambican Nationals who escaped from police holding cells in Phalaborwa on Friday, 05 May 2023 in the morning.

The suspects were nabbed for charges of tampering with essential infrastructure at Phalaborwa Mining Company (PMC).

It is reported that two male suspects were arrested by a Security Company outside the mine and they called the police who immediately responded.

The suspects were then driven to the Police Station before escaping afterwards.

The circumstances surrounding the suspects escape from Police Lawful Custody by is subject of internal Investigation.

Anyone with information that can assist with the re arrest of Roger Mthembu (42) and Makalani Malembe (47) believed to be residents from Tembisa in Gauteng Province is requested to contact the Investigating Officer Lieutenant Colonel Freddie Lubbe on 082 573 3601. Tip-offs can also be submitted by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or by using the My SAPS App.

Police investigations are continuing.


Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180


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