Malmesbury prison break: 66 of 69 inmates rearrested
The escapees overpowered officials, took the keys and locked three officials in a cell and opened other cells, before escaping through the main entrance and over the roof.
CAPE TOWN - Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola on Saturday confirmed that 66 of the 69 inmates that escaped from the Malmesbury Prison were rearrested.
He’s assured the public authorities are working around the clock to apprehend the three remaining escapees.
The awaiting-trial prisoners escaped from the facility while inmates were exercising on Friday afternoon.
Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says 66 of the 69 inmates that escaped from #MalmesburyPrison have been re-arrested. Lamola visited the facility earlier today. LI pic.twitter.com/2U3cZ6Fdvo— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 25, 2020
Lamola said the regional commissioner, Delekile Klaas, had appointed a team to investigate the incident and appealed to the public to allow the department time to establish the facts and finalise the investigation, instead of listening to unfounded rumours.
On Friday, the escapees overpowered officials, took the keys and locked three officials in a cell. They then proceeded to open other cells, before escaping through the main entrance and over the roof.
The centre remains under lockdown.
More escaped prisoners re-arrested. They escaped from Malmesbury. pic.twitter.com/9P8Vz61KiI— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) July 24, 2020
#PrisonBreakMalmesbury A Defence Force Chopper Called in to assist in Search of 7 more Escapees in Malmesbury... @BOSBEER2006 @Abramjee @News24 @crimeairnetwork @SAPoliceService @MARIUSBROODRYK @1SecondLater @SABCNews pic.twitter.com/kid0klxuVT— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) July 24, 2020