Two of the four awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from custody at the Whittlesea police station last Wednesday handed themselves over to the police on the same day.
The Rep reported (“Hunt on for escaped suspects” March 13) that the four suspects who were regarded as armed and dangerous were awaiting trial for alleged armed robbery, cash-in-transit and rape cases in Komani. The suspects were to be transported to the Whittlesea court when they escaped.
According to a report issued by the police “a 24 hour intense operation” led by the South African Police Services and Crime Intelligence produced positive results when two suspects were re-arrested.
“On realising their chances of a successful escape were very limited, one of the suspects, Odwa Siqanqalala, 28, surrendered himself to the police in the morning and the police managed to recover the firearm he had stolen during his escape. Later in the day Mzuvukile Mzimkulu, 31, was also arrested at Sada location. Investigation continues to establish the circumstances and motive for their escape and the location of the remaining two suspects who are still on the run.”
Police have warned the public not to attempt to apprehend the suspects who were still believed to be armed and dangerous.
The report indicated that the Eastern Cape provincial commissioner, lieutenant general Liziwe Ntshinga, had commended law enforcement officials who sacrificed their sleep to protect the lives of community members from the suspects. “This is just the beginning of the greater work that my operational members will do to bring the criminals back where they belong, which is behind bars.”
Ntshinga thanked community members for their response and support in “providing the information that served to isolate the suspects from responsible citizens.”
Speaking to The Rep, provincial spokesperson brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said there were no updates on the whereabouts of the two remaining suspects (Mbeko Stuurman, 33, and Lundi Mzimkhulu, 31), who were still at large at the time of going to print.