25 May 2017, Eastern Cape: Police recovered the Middledrift Correctional Service vehicle that was used by two inmates to escape from Zwelitsha court. It was found abandoned at Qhukru village in Punzana area in the early hours today. The two inmates are still at large.
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has launched a manhunt following an escape of two offenders after appearing in Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court for further charges. The incident happened around 14h00 yesterday (24 May 2017).
The two offenders, 30-year-old Lwandile Lolwana and Nkosana Mpe (35) escaped with a white bakkie and are alleged to be armed.
Both offenders are incarcerated for serious crimes, which include rape and robbery and are considered to be dangerous.
The Department is appealing to everyone to assist with any information that could lead to their re-arrest. The public is further advised not to approach the suspects if seen but to rather contact their nearest police station or Crime Stop at 0860010111.
Working together with the South African Police Service, we are hot on the heels of these offenders as they must be brought to book and face the full might of the law.
Issued by the Department of Correctional Services
Enquiries, Vuyolwethu Gadu on 083 873 2955