National 4.8.2016 02:43 pm

‘Trusted’ inmates break out of prison

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

‘These inmates were trusted by many, and this led to their successful escape,’ a reliable source says.

Two prisoners escaped from Witbank Correctional Centre (Paxton) on Thursday, July 28, and are still at large, Witbank News reports.

According to a media release, a preliminary investigation of this breakout is being conducted.

The two prisoners, Mduduzi Johnson Khubheka and Vusimuzi Geraald Skosana, were long-term serving offenders, and the breakout occurred when they escaped through the perimeter fence main gate after physically wrestling with a female official to gain access out of the centre. The prisoners also escaped with an official’s car.

“These inmates were trusted by many, and this led to their successful escape,” a reliable source said on Monday.

This car, however, was found abandoned at the back gate of the centre near an agricultural field after it had gone into a ditch.

The key was still in the ignition and a cellphone was also left behind by the prisoners. The appointed investigation team is continuing with the investigation and a preliminary report will include actions already taken to prevent the reccurrence of similar incidents.

Steps will also be taken against the correctional officials, where applicable, if they are found to be involved.

The public is urged to report any suspicious information immediately. Khubheka is serving a sentence for attempted murder and aggravating robbery, and Skosana is serving a sentence for theft.

The public is also urged to not take the law into their own hands regarding this matter.

The commissioner for Witbank Correctional Services, Mandla Sibanyoni, added that a full report was expected next week Tuesday.

“If we say anything now, it may interfere with the investigation. As soon as we receive the report, we will keep you updated,” he said.

– Caxton News Service

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