16 prisoners escape from Joburg's 'Sun City' prison

The prisoners broke through the iron bars of the prison windows, broke a portion of the wall and then escaped through the fence.

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JOHANNESBURG - Correctional Services says that a total of 16 prisoners have escaped from the Johannesburg prison known as "Sun City".

The prisoners broke through the iron bars of the prison windows, broke a portion of the wall and then escaped through the fence in the early hours of Monday morning.

The department says that they are taking the escape very seriously.

The department's Singabakho Nxumalo: "They broke the iron bars on the window, went through to break a portion of the wall and escaped through the fence. The investigation is still ongoing but it is something we are taking quite seriously as the department."

The Correctional Services Department says it's confident the detainees will be found and re-arrested.

The department says it has a good track record in re-arresting prisoners on the run.

Nxumalo says the most recent jailbreak was in the Western Cape.

“The only recent incident was in the WC in Pollsmoor where six inmates escaped but we managed to re-arrest all of them within 48 hours. So, we are also confident that even with these 16 we will find them and get them back to face charges.”