Police have launched a manhunt following the escaping of three offenders from lawful custody on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at the Middledrift Correctional Centre.
According to the reports, the three suspects were serving sentences for crimes ranging from robbery, attempted murder and parole break. They have been identified as Aviwe Light / Nkwalase, Andisa Vas and Sizwe Mhlana.
An investigation is also underway, after the police received reports of a hijacked car, a Blue Cadet which was later recovered a few kilometres from where the incident took place. However, this particular incident cannot be linked to the suspects at this stage. It is alleged that five people including two women were in the hijacked car which was subsequently abandoned in the same area. No injuries were reported.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has ordered the establishment of a task team to investigate and track down the escapees. “This is the last thing we need during this time. Lawlessness has absolutely no room and will not be tolerated within our communities” Lieutenant General Ntshinga said.
Anyone with information that will lead to the immediate arrest of the suspects is requested to contact the Investigation Officer, Warrant Officer Matshaya at 078 456 45 71 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. The information supplied will be treated with extreme confidentiality.