Polokwane — Two suspects were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly attacking police members and helping six detainees escape custody.
The police members were attacked while transporting the six prisoners awaiting trial from Makhado Correctional Centre to Senwabarwana.
Members of the Limpopo Tracking Team and Murder and Robbery Unit followed up on information received about the suspects.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the suspects – Kedibone Albert Langa (38) who is a member of the South African National Defence Force, and Thabani Sibanda (28), a Zimbabwean national – were arrested in Musina and the two motor vehicles used in the crime: a grey Mercedes Benz and a white Toyota bakkie were also found during the arrest and were confiscated.
#sapsLIM [UPDATE] Two suspects nabbed for attacking police members and freeing six awaiting trial prisoners. Manhunt continues for #escapees. 2 Vehicles, used during the commissioner of crime, seized. #CrimeStop #MySAPSApp MEhttps://t.co/MfzMPX19HD pic.twitter.com/BMaRjt40zb
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) March 15, 2023
Mojapelo added that the six escapees are still at large:
- Forward Shumba aged 26
- Shingirai Nyandome aged 32
- Brilliant Sibanda aged 26
- Erick Sithole aged 35
- Moses Zambara aged 32
- Alex Nkomo aged 35
The two suspects appeared in the Louis Trichardt Magistrate’s Court and were remanded in custody until March 22, 2023, for further investigations.
“They are facing various charges ranging from aiding and abetting, conspiracy to commit crime, possession of unlawful firearms and ammunition, attempted murder, defeating the ends of justice, malicious damage to property and discharging of a firearm,” Mojapelo said.
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin