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The hunt for four escaped awaiting trial prisoners has escalated as Eastern Cape police release photos of the four men that they have identified as armed and extremely dangerous.
The four prisoners Ntlantle Mvoko, 23, Sonwabile Makhongo, 25, Menzi Zekane, 19 and Zwelithini Gibeni, 24, escaped yesterday at about 10:00 while being escorted from the Ngqamakhwe Police Station to Wellington prison in Mthatha.
Mvoko is a relative of the infamous Eastern Cape criminal Sakhumzi Mvoko.
Police spokesman, Captain Ernest Sigobe, said the men escaped by allegedly overpowered two police officers, disarmed them and drove off with the police vehicle, which was later found abandoned along the N2 at Thanga Location just outside Butterworth.
“It is further alleged that a middle-aged woman motorist was shot at and in that process her car allegedly hit a pole and she died instantly,” said Sigobe.
Sigobe said the prisoners had then managed to hijack a Black Audi from another motorist. This vehicle has since been recovered near the Mbashe River, near Mthatha.
The suspects are facing several charges of armed robbery and illegal possession of unlicensed firearm. Their names are;
A high safety alert has been issued throughout the Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal police stations along Eastern Cape borders to be on the look out for these men.
“A task team is working around the clock to re-arrest the escapees. I also urge members of the public to assist with any information which might lead to the re-arrest of these suspects, but are warned not to try to arrest them as they are extremely dangerous”said Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Celiwe Binta today.
Binta said anyone with information on the four men could contact the nearest police station or Capt Ndakaza on 082 474 2853 or call 08600 10 111.