A dozen prisoners escaped from the holding cells of an Eastern Cape police station in the early hours of Thursday morning, 30 September. They are considered dangerous and the provincial police commissioner has implemented an action plan to ensure their recapture.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the prisoners allegedly escaped from the holding cells at SAPS Mount Frere during the early hours of Thursday morning.

When police officers were conducting their routine cell visits, instead of prisoners they found a hole in the wall of a cell and the detainees were nowhere to be found.

“On further investigation, it was established that the perimeter fence near the cell block was also cut. Police are warning the community that these prisoners are dangerous and should not be approached instead police must be contacted,” said Naidu.

The provincial organised crime unit is investigating a case of escaping from lawful custody and an internal probe is underway. Commissioner Major General Dladla warned Eastern Cape communities to not harbour the prisoners as they would be committing an offence.

“We appeal to communities to keep an alert eye out for these criminals who are dangerous and to work closely with us to ensure their speedy arrests,” said Dladla.

These prisoners that escaped from Eastern Cape jail, no images of them are available at this moment:

1.Luthando Mangaliso – Rape

2.Sikhona Manyambela Ntabankulu – Robbery Aggravated

3.Funisile Nodada Ntabankulu – Robbery Aggravated

4.Ntokozo Diko Ntabankulu –  Robbery Aggravated

5.Mandla Mcukana Mt Frere – Robbery Aggravated

6.Bandile Banzi Blaai –  Robbery  Aggravated

7.Aphelele Aros – Robbery

8.Nkosikhona Ngcopheni- Theft

9.Ayanda Madzikane – Robbery Aggravated

10.Luphumzo Sodladls –  Burglary Ress

11.Mbonowenkosi Boto  – Robbery Aggravated

12. Spelele Ngqetho – Robbery Aggravating

“Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these criminals is asked to contact the Mount Frere Station Commander, Colonel Fundiswa Mhlamanzana on 0824992480 or 039 2550550 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station. All information is confidential and callers may remain anonymous,” said Naidu.


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