2 Dangerous prisoners escape from courts, Eastern Cape

South African Police Service

2 Dangerous prisoners escape from courts, Eastern Cape. Photo: SAPS
2 Dangerous prisoners escape from courts, Eastern Cape. Photo: SAPS

Eastern Cape police is requesting the public’s assistance in locating two prisoners who escaped from Bisho High court and Ngqeleni Magistrate’s court on Tuesday, 19 January 2021.

The first escapee, Zukisani Fanga (38) was appearing on a KwaZakhele case of murder as well as a Keiskammahoek case of murder and rape that both happened in 2015.

In 2019, Fanga was arrested by the Provincial Tracking Team in Welkom, Free State and remained in custody while appearing several times in court facing various charges.

On Tuesday, 19 January 2021 it is alleged that he escaped from Bisho High Court. Two cases of escape from lawful custody were opened and are under investigation.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Fanga is requested to share the information about his location anonymously to the Investigating Officer Sgt Milani Joni attached to the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation in Port Elizabeth on 078 633 1112.

In an another incident, two awaiting trial prisoners escaped from lawful custody on Tuesday, 19 January 2020 after 16:00 at the Ngqeleni court cells while appearing for a trial.

It is alleged that the awaiting trial prisoners were taken from the cells to the back of the van when two prisoners ran away.

They took chase and the suspect, Otto Matsiba aged 21 years old was apprehended by the court security assisted by members of the public.

The second wanted escapee is Mluleki Mbanyarho Gogobala aged 27-years-old who was arrested for possession of illegal firearm and ammunition as well as robbery in 2018 managed to escape and could not be apprehended.

An additional charge of attempting to escape from lawful custody and escape from lawful custody will be added to the two suspects respectively.

Instead, they can share his location with the local police or the Investigating Officer WO Ntshongwana on 071 780 2339 or Branch Commander, Col Nodlabi on 079 890 0806. All correspondence will be treated with confidentiality.

Members of the community are encouraged to not try to apprehend the suspects as they are presumed to be armed and dangerous.

SAPS Newsroom

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