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Kgosi Mampuru: Two high-risk convicts have escaped

Posted by Andile Sicetsha

Correctional Services authorities are working in tandem with Tshwane police in the search for two long-term convicts who recently escaped the Kgosi Mampuru maximum prison.

Kgosi Mampuru prison escape: Was it an inside job?

Details surrounding the grand escape pulled off by Mozambique national Thabo Zacharia Muyambo and his fellow Zimbabwean convict Johannes Chauke are still unclear at this stage.

It’s believed, however, the dangerous pair walked out of the correctional centre in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

We understand that, at the time this article was published, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) had launched an internal investigation into the escape to rule out any claims of this being a possible inside job.

One of the fugitives is a rapist

Speaking to Rekord, police spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo warned that the fugitives are considered a deadly threat to society. Especially Muyambo, as he was serving a life term for multiple crimes, including rape and kidnapping.

“The escapees are Thabo Zacharia Muyambo from Mozambique, who was serving a life sentence for 21 counts of various crimes including rape, robbery and kidnapping and Johannes Chauke of Zimbabwe, who was serving 20 years for housebreaking offences,” Nxumalo said.

Both Muyambo and Chauke are regarded as very dangerous and may harm anyone who they feel is a threat to their freedom.

What to do if you encounter the fugitives

Nxumalo warned that if you happen to encounter any of the fugitives, the best recourse is to stay as far away as possible from them and alert authorities immediately.

All of DCS’ resources have been zoned in on this escape and Tshwane officials are confident that the pair will be tracked down and hauled back to their respective holes.

This is a developing story. More updates will be published as soon as new information on their whereabouts surfaces.