Joburg police arrest another escaped prisoner, 14 still on the run

A police truck was on its way back to the Johannesburg Correctional Centre from the Johannesburg magistrates court when the group of 20 prisoners escaped during an ambush near the Southgate train station.

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

JOHANNESBURG - A sixth awaiting trial prisoner has now been rearrested after this week's brazen escape from a police truck en route to the Johannesburg Correctional Centre.

The truck was on its way back to the jail from the Johannesburg magistrates court when the group of 20 prisoners escaped during an ambush on Pat Mbatha Road near the Southgate train station.

None of the officers who were transporting the group were injured.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says: “A sixth suspect has been arrested as police continue with investigations. We are looking for 14 other suspects now.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)