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5 Limpopo awaiting trial suspects on the run

The group of suspects managed to cut through wire mesh in the exercise yard on Monday night.

FILE: The police's Ronel Otto has appealed to the public for help in the latest case. Picture: stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police are searching for five awaiting trial suspects who are on the run after a bold escape at the Ritavi Police Station.

It's understood the group of suspects who were arrested for serious crimes including murder and rape managed to cut through wire mesh in the exercise yard on Monday night.

One of the men was arrested for killing a police officer who was responding to a complaint at a local tavern last month.

This is the second time in two months prisoners managed to escape while in custody in the province.

Police rearrested the fourth and final suspect who overpowered police and escaped from the Malamulele Magistrates Court.

The police's Ronel Otto has appealed to the public for help in the latest case.

"They succeeded in escaping through the roof of the exercise room and they are armed and dangerous. We appeal to the public who might have information to go to their nearest police station."