Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela says he commends the swift apprehension of two fugitives, Nkululeko Nkomo and Robert Hlatshwayo.
Authorities say the six fugitives were freed by three men who were armed with assault rifles from a truck they were being transported in on Friday.
The three men were driving in a silver Audi vehicle at the corner of Barry Marais and Rondebult Streets.
According to authorities a Task Team was immediately established and has been working around the clock to ensure that the six are recaptured.
Hlatswayo and Nkomo were rearrested in Pretoria, Olivenhoutbosch at a filing station. A third suspect was also arrested and he will be charged with aiding and abetting.
The Provincial Commissioner has thanked the public for all the tip-offs that the police have been receiving on the whereabouts of the fugitives.
“The public as our eyes and ears in the communities is playing a vital role in the fight against crime. Your tip-offs are all assessed and followed up to ensure that we do not leave any stone unturned in our quest to bring all the escapees back to prison,” he said.
The manhunt for the remaining four escapees continues.
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