PARKTOWN – The South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched a manhunt after nine suspects, awaiting trial, escaped from Springs Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday afternoon. Four of the nine are murder suspects.
Gauteng police are investigating the circumstances surrounding their escape from custody.
Four of the escapees had made an appearance in Court for alleged murder committed in Kwa-Thema in March 2019 and possession of a firearm, while the other suspects were appearing for a variety of crimes from housebreaking and theft, possession of drugs, and trespassing to one being in South Africa illegally.
Police named the nine escaped suspects, and appealed for the public’s assistance in locating the men.
SAPS released a photo of the murder suspects and said: “Members of the public are warned not to confront the prisoners, particularly the murder suspects (see attached picture) as they are considered to be dangerous and possibly armed, but to rather contact the nearest police station should they spot the wanted suspects.”
Information may also be conveyed anonymously by calling the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 at all hours, while tip-offs can also be given by utilising the My SAPS App that can be downloaded on any smartphone.