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13 Joburg prison escapees ‘still on the run’

Gauteng police say they have arrested seven of the 20 runaway inmates that escaped from a prison van earlier in the week.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say they have arrested seven of the 20 runaway inmates that escaped from a prison van earlier in the week.

The vehicle, which had been transporting prisoners from the Johannesburg Magistrates Court to a correctional facility on Tuesday, was ambushed by a group of armed men.

The suspects broke the locks to the door and let the prisoners free.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini says, “The 13 other suspects are still on the run but we’re following up several leads. We’re also getting information from the members of the public.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)