Police in Zeerust launched a manhunt for five awaiting trial detainees who escaped from lawful custody at about 10:30 on Sunday, 8 May 2022.
The escapees, Joshua Sibanda (39), Amogelang Motsiane (36), Tshepiso kwenampe (22), Bengu Hlanganane (31) and Enoch Lebeloane (46), allegedly overpowered a police officer at Zeerust police station holding cells, then took cells key from the member and ultimately escaped. At the time of escape, the detainees were among others, facing charges of house robbery, rape, attempted murder, business robbery and aggravated robbery.
None of the escapees has been re-arrested and members of the community are urged not to attempt to re-arrest the escapees in case they see them, but to call the nearest police station, as they (escapees) are presumed to be dangerous.
Alternatively, the Investigating Officer, Captain Basimane Molefe can be contacted on 076 510 8285. Anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via MySAPS App or by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111.