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Police kicks off search team after seven suspects ran away from lawful custody



Suspected criminals have escaped lawful custody from Volksrust police holding cell earlier on Sunday morning.

The Police in Mpumalanga has launched an investigation and manhunt and lucky enough four of the suspects where rearrested and the remaining three are still on the run.

Mduduzi Khumalo aged 27, Paul Sambo who is 19, and Bongani Sithole 30 are the remaining suspects and the four other suspects who have since been rearrested are 34-year Nkosingiphile Zwane, 19-year Siyabonga Mbatha, 27-year Phumlani Khanyi, as well as 18-year-old Thando Mavimbela.

The suspects were arrested for various offences including robbery, rape, possession of drugs, housebreaking, and theft, as well as Contravention of the Immigration Act. An investigation regarding their escape is underway and the suspects will face an additional charge of escaping from lawful custody.

Police want to thank members of the public who provided information that led to the re-arrest of the three suspects.

They are still appealing to the public including the families of the remaining suspects, to assist with information that may lead to their rearrest to contact Detective Captain Dambuza Shikwambana at 0825790167 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.

Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

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