The police in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, is still on the search for three prison escapees who managed to slip away from custody at the Middledrift Correctional Centre.
On Tuesday, 7 May, Aviwe Light (or Nkwalase), Andisa Vas and Sizwe Mhlana accomplished the improbable.
How did the Eastern Cape prisoners escape?
The three suspects, according to police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, managed to orchestrate an escape without alerting correctional officers.
Kinana confirmed that the escapees were serving sentences ranging from robbery to attempted murder highlighting that they pose a serious threat to civil society.
“The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has ordered the establishment of a task team to investigate and track down the escapees,” Brigadier Kinana stated.
Prison escapees linked to hijacking
Around the same time the prisoners are believed to have accomplished their escape, a blue Cadet carrying five people was hijacked in close proximity to the correctional centre.
“However, this particular incident cannot be linked to the suspects at this stage. It is alleged that five people including two women were in the hijacked car which was subsequently abandoned in the same area. No injuries were reported,” Kinana added.
The Eastern Cape’s police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga, has called for the launch of a task team to track down the suspects before they inflict harm on innocent people.
“This is the last thing we need during this time. Lawlessness has absolutely no room and will not be tolerated within our communities,” Lieutenant General Ntshinga said.
Anyone with helpful information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect can contact Investigation Officer, Warrant Officer Matshaya at 078 456 45 71 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. The information supplied will be treated with extreme confidentiality.