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20 awaiting trial prisoners escape police custody

It’s understood the truck the prisoners were travelling in was ambushed by a group of armed men near the Southgate train station on Tuesday.

Some of the 20 awaiting trial prisoners who escaped while being transported to the Johannesburg Prison on 22 August 2017. Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG - Its emerged 20 prisoners awaiting trial prisoners have escaped police custody while being transported to the Johannesburg "Sun City" prison.

It’s understood the truck the prisoners were travelling in was ambushed by a group of armed men near the Southgate train station on Tuesday.

Police are now investigating how the men came to learn information on the truck's itinerary.

Spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said: “They broke the lock and opened for the prisoners. One of the prisoners was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment after he was convicted of an armed robbery. The other awaiting prisoners were charged with various crimes including armed robbery, house breaking and theft and possession of drugs.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)