Police hunt Tembisa cop killer

Joshua Shongwane was due to appear in court on 9 charges of hijacking and 1 of escaping from custody.

Police have launched a manhunt for Joshua Bomba Shongwane who allegedly shot and killed a police officer before escaping from the Tembisa Magistrates Court cell on 12 October 2016. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are searching for an awaiting trial prisoner who shot and killed an officer during a brazen escape at the Tembisa Magistrates Court.

Joshua Shongwane was due to appear in court this morning on nine charges of hijacking and one of escaping from custody.

It's understood Shongwane had a firearm while he was in the cells, which he used to hold up three police officers before shooting dead the captain.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said, "We don't know at this stage how he got hold of the firearm but there is an investigation continuing. This awaiting trial prisoner was from Johannesburg Correctional Services and there will be murder as well as a charge of escaping from custody."