Two convicted felons escape from Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria

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The South African Police Service and Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) Emergency Support Team are in search of two inmates who have escaped Kgosi Mampuru prison early Wednesday morning, reports the African News Agency.

“The escapees are Thabo Zacharia Muyambo, from Mozambique, serving a life sentence for 21 counts of various crimes including rape, robbery and kidnapping; and Johannes Chauke, from Zimbabwe, serving 20 years for house breaking offences,” said DCS spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.

According to News24, Nxumalo said that they were “hot on their [the escapees] heels.”

The publication also says the DCS has begun an internal investigation into the escape.

“Members of the public are urged to contact their nearest police station should they come into contact with them,” said Nxumalo, according to the African News Agency.

Three prisoners escape Leeuwkop Correctional Centre in Sandton

In September, News24 reported that three inmates had escaped the Leeukop Correctional Centre.

Nxumalo stated that the inmates managed to  cut the their cell’s bars before cutting the prison’s fences.

IOL reports that the convicts are Asiphe Mfusi Zinyateli, Reuben Khemi and Tshepo Mogawane.