Manhunt launched as group of dangerous Zimbabwean criminals escape from South African jail (NAMES)


The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) together with the South African Police Services (SAPS) have launched a manhunt for a group of Zimbabwean criminals who escaped from prison.

It is understood the seven remand detainees made a getaway from the Grahamstown Correctional Facility, in Makhanda, Eastern Cape Region in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Five of the escaped prisoners had been charged with rhino poaching.

Correctional Services said investigations have been instituted and the circumstances relating to the escape will be confirmed in due course.

The seven are Zimbabwean nationals charged for rhino poaching:

1. Nhamo Muyambo

2. Francis Chitho

3. Trymore Chauke

4. Lubuyo September

5. Abraham Moyana

6. Simba Masinga

7. Bennet Kwarrile


DCS has appealed to the public to assist with any information that may lead to the re-arrest of the escapees.

“They are considered dangerous and should not be confronted if spotted, information should be shared with the nearest police station. Their images will be shared during the course of the day,” it said.

— Citizen

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