Police launch manhunt for escaped prisoners, Humansdorp

South African Police Service

Police launch manhunt for escaped prisoners, Humansdorp. Photo: SAPS
Police launch manhunt for escaped prisoners, Humansdorp. Photo: SAPS

A Task team has been established in the Humansdorp Cluster in search of two prisoners who escaped from a police vehicle. According to police information, at about 11:20 on 2 April 2019, the police vehicle was travelling towards the N2 on-ramp from R62, from Kareedouw towards Humansdorp, transporting prisoners from Joubertina to St Albans prison.

At the N2 turnoff on the R62 (Trivolia), a truck was driving in front of the police vehicle, while the vehicle reduced speed and in motion two prisoners escaped through the back window of the SAPS vehicle. The prisoners escaped whilst the vehicle was still in motion.

The member stopped the vehicle and contacted Humansdorp SAPS. A tracing team was immediately activated and with the assistance of the K9 unit and the police airwing, an extensive hunt for the escapee’s started.

The escapees are Bonginkosi Mgaqi (27) arrested for Culpable Homicide and Jason Witbooi (22) arrested for Murder.

Police are urging the communities to assist them in locating these escapees and to contact the local police station. We advise the community not to approach them or try to arrest them, but rather to contact 10111 or nearest police station.

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