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Minister Lamola to visit Malmesbury prison after brazen escape of 69 inmates

Minister Lamola to visit Malmesbury prison after brazen escape of 69 inmates

Screengrab of video widely shared on social media showing police chase of prisoners who escaped from the Malmesbury Prison on Friday, 23 July 2020. Picture: Twitter/@AmoreJoosteZA

CAPE TOWN – Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola is expected to visit the Malmesbury detention facility on Saturday after 69 inmates escaped from the prison a day earlier.

So far, 63 inmates have been re-arrested with some reports claiming that figure has increased to 66.

It’s understood awaiting trial prisoners managed to overpower on-duty wardens before breaking free on Friday.

According to the correctional services department, three officials were locked in a cell, while the inmates carried out the prison break which saw the group escaping through the main entrance of the facility and over the roof.

A principal from a nearby school said he witnessed the commotion as the escapees tried to make a run for it.

Justus Schoonraad, principal at Hoërskool Swartland, said some of the prisoners jumped the fence and made their way onto the school premises.

“I was sitting at my desk and then I heard a few shots from the vicinity of the prison and that is about 400 m from the school. I saw a lot of guys running around, and these guys were running all over the place.”

Several videos believed to be of the police and private security officers rearresting some of the escapees have been shared widely on social media.

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