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southafricalogoNews24 reports that two correctional officials who allegedly helped 16 inmates escape from "Sun City" prison were each granted R5,000 bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.  

The men, who were arrested on Thursday, will appear in court again on 3 May.  A Department of Correctional Services (DCS) spokesperson indicated that three other officials had been placed on suspension pending the outcome of an internal investigation and more officials might be suspended.  On 9 April, 16 awaiting-trial prisoners escaped through a pipe shaft at Medium A Johannesburg Correctional Centre and used an object to break the wall before getting past the fence.  A few days later, two of the men were shot dead in a Hawks operation after a shootout ensued when officers stopped their vehicle.  Ten escapees are still at large.  At the time of their original arrests, some of the prisoners were facing charges of murder.  Gauteng DCS commissioner Thakane Grace Molatedi said they would cooperate fully with the police to get to the bottom of the escape.

  • Read this report by Jenna Etheridge in full at News24
  • See too, More prison guards face arrest over brazen jailbreak, at Security.co.za (Saturday Star)


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