Two escaped awaiting prisoners re-arrested, one still at large

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The manhunt for the  remaining escapee, George Nkuna (19) from Wisani village in Mhlava Cross area outside Tzaneen, is still underway. Image supplied. 

By Angie Nkuna

POLOKWANE – Two of the three (03) remaining escapees, Thomas Nkuna  (34) and Jeffrey Nkuna (27) both from Rwanda village outside Tzaneen, were re-arrested by the Tzaneen cluster task team.

Police say the duo was spotted driving in the Lenyenye township outside Tzaneen by members of the community who informed the Police immediately. The task team reacted swiftly and arrested them. During the arrest, the motor vehicle they were using was found to have also been stolen in Letsitele.

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“The manhunt for the  remaining escapee, George Nkuna (19) from Wisani village in Mhlava Cross area outside Tzaneen, is still underway.

“This re-arrest emanated from an incident which occurred on the 14th November 2018 in the afternoon, when the prisoners were transported from Haenertsburg Police Station outside Tzaneen to Polokwane, and they allegedly jumped from the back of a moving police van in the City of Polokwane at corner Hospital and Landros Maree streets.

“One escapee who was initially arrested for house robbery committed in the Haenertsburg policing area, was re-arrested shortly after the escape. The other four (04) escapees who managed to vanish into thin air, were arrested for different crimes including house robberies and armed robberies which they committed in the Haenertsburg Policing precinct, the manhunt was immediately activated until all these three (03) were arrested.

“The case of escaping from lawful custody was opened in this regard.

“The re-arrested suspects will appear before the Polokwane magistrate’s court soon for escaping from lawful custody.

“Anyone with information that can lead to the re-arrest of the remaining escapee, may contact Colonel Linky Mathebula on 064 756 8218 or Detective Warrant Officer Andrew Ngamuni on 082 414 3031 and/or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the crime Line SMS 32211 or the nearest police station. The police investigations are still continuing”. added Moatshe Ngoepe.

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