Six prisoners on the run in Boksburg after escaping from prison transport

It's alleged that the prisoners were released by a gang of armed men from the prison truck that they were being transported in.

Robert Hlatshwayo is one of five prisoners who escaped from a prison transport vehicle that was on its way to court in Vosloorus on 14 January 2022. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Six prisoners are on the run in Boksburg on Friday afternoon.

It's alleged that the prisoners were released by a gang of armed men from the prison truck that they were being transported in.

The men, who were allegedly armed with assault rifles, freed the fugitives.

Police spokesperson Brenda Muridili: "Five of the six escapees were due to appear in court for a case of business robbery, attempted murder and possession of unlicenced firearms while the sixth escapee was due for his first appearance on a shoplifting case. All are Zimbabwean nationals aged between 30 and 45. There names are Nkululeko Nkomo, Robert Hlatshwayo, Thulani Dube, Augustine Moyo and Mbongiseni Mkandla."