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Benoni prisoners escape

Gauteng police say the inmates escaped while being transported from court.

FILE: The inmates were being moved from the Tembisa Magistrate Court to the Modderbee Correctional Centre. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Police on Monday confirmed a group of prisoners escaped from custody on Gauteng's East Rand.

It is understood the inmates were being transported from the Tembisa Magistrate Court to the Modderbee Correctional Centre in Benoni.

The inmates then escaped on foot.

Police spokesperson Doniah Mothutsane says it is still unclear how the group of prisoners fled.

"It is alleged they pulled off the truck's roof they were travelling in and managed to escape. At the moment, the number of prisoners that escaped is not known.

"Officers are busy with roll call to check."

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