The police in Gauteng have reported that seven prisoners awaiting trial have escaped from the police who were looking after them when they overpowered the attending police officers and escaped from the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Monday afternoon.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, who is the police spokesman in the Gauteng area, the names of the escapees were as follows; Brendon Paul, Johnson Leroy, Romeo Beukes, Luvesh Veerasmy, Dumisani Selepe, Thabiso Sebelwane and Mpho Ramatsoale. Dlamini added that the prisoners had managed to regain their freedom by overpowering the police officers who were looking after them in the cells and then made good their escape. It is alleged that the prisoners overpowered police officers working at the court cells and broke the main door to make their escape,” he said. Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini also said that the escapees had committed their crimes in the areas in and around Lenasia, Eldorado Park and Ennerdale. The crimes they had committed were mainly to do with charges of housebreaking and theft, with the exception of Beukes, who was charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Lieutenant Colonel Dlamini also revealed that a team of detectives had been deployed to. The area in an attempt to try and trace the whereabouts of the escaped prisoners. “An internal investigation is also being conducted to establish if the escape of these prisoners was through negligence or not,” he said. He also said that it was important to find out if anyone had assisted the prisoners to escape, adding that anyone who was found to have assisted the prisoners would face both criminal as well as disciplinary action, which may result in the individual being discharged from the service.