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Police hunt for Uwe Gemballa's killer who escaped from holding cell

Thabiso Ledwaba was due to be sentenced today after being convicted of killing Uwe Gemballa in 2010.

FILE: German sports car conversion specialist Uwe Gemballa. Picture: Gemballa Company.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have urged anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of an escaped murderer, allegedly linked to Radovan Krejcir, to come forward.

Thabiso Ledwaba escaped from the Ekurhuleni Magistrate Court on Monday where he was appearing on charges of robbery and theft.

He was due to be sentenced today after being convicted of the 2010 murder of supercar specialist Uwe Gemballa.

Ledwaba was due in court this morning along with his two co-accused, to hear their fate in connection with the murder of Gemballa, who had allegedly laundered money on behalf of Krejcir.

Gemballa was killed in 2010 days after arriving in the country, and apparently after having a fallout with Krejcir.

Last year, Ledwaba and his co-accused were convicted of kidnapping and suffocating the supercar specialist, allegedly on Krejcir's orders.

The police's Vish Naidoo said a task team has been set up to search for Ledwaba.

"We also want to urge the communities that considering the fact that he has been convicted of murder before, he can be considered dangerous."

It's not clear how Ledwaba escaped the holding cells in Ekurhuleni or how he came to be in possession of the firearm he pointed at police.