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Two escapees re-arrested at their homes, one at a mall

Three of the five await­ing tri­al pris­on­ers who escaped from hold­ing cells in Wit­poort out­side Lep­ha­lale on Mon­day night couldn’t find a hole to hide from jus­tice.

Lesi­ba Frans Mach­a­ba (27) from Kauletse vil­lage and Paul Madi­ra (19) from Bot­salanong (Friend­ship) vil­lage were re-arrest­ed on Wednes­day at the homes while Jap­pie Shiko (29) from Kit­ty Vil­lage was cor­nered by com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers at Phahladi­ra Mall in Shon­g­wane.

They are all locals, except for two Zim­bab­wean nation­als, Bon­gani Siban­da (31) and Sipho Mpo­fu (39) — both are still on the run.

At the time of escap­ing from prison, police charged Mpo­fu with mur­der.

Siban­da is treat­ing gun­shot wounds sus­tained dur­ing busi­ness rob­bery.

Limpopo Police spokesper­son, Brigadier Mot­lafela Mojape­lo said pris­on­ers escaped on Mon­day night.

“It is alleged the pris­on­ers escaped through a hole inside the cells,” said Mojape­lo.

Mojape­lo said police have opened a case of escap­ing from law­ful cus­tody.

He said police are inves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the inci­dent.

Police are appeal­ing to com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to help with any infor­ma­tion that can lead to the re-arrest of the remain­ing escapees to con­tact Detec­tive War­rant Offi­cer Rat­lou Morudu at 082 468 8931, the Crime Stop num­ber 0860010111 or the near­est police sta­tion.

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