Search for a story:
News in brief - Date: 27 October 2017
Written by: Isabel Venter / Viewed: 5474
28 October 2018:
Read the latest update here.
Police in Limpopo have confirmed that six dangerous prisoners have escaped from the Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre (KSCC) on Thursday, 26 October.
According to reports these prisoners had escaped at approximately 23:00 after there was a riot inside the prison. The provincial police spokesperson, Lt-Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, said that according to early reports things got out of hand during a protest about a wage dispute. “Things are still being investigated,” he said from the prison.
During the night members of the local fire brigade as well as the fire fighters from the Air Force Base Makhado had to assist to subdue the flames. Local police, assisted by the Soutpansberg Town Watch and members from the other farm watch organisations also had to assist to get the situation under control again.
According to Mojapelo some of the prisoners went on a rampage during which a part of the prison caught fire. Amid the confusion six prisoners managed to escape.
“We are assisting the prison authorities to keep the other prisoners under control,” he said. Early on Friday morning Mojapelo said that peace was restored at the prison and that a final head count was being conducted.
“We will release the details and photos of the escapees later as they become available,” he said.
Attempts to speak to a representative from KSCC was unsuccessful.
Readers are encouraged to comment on articles and express their opinion. The views expressed by readers should in no way be perceived as necessarily that of the newspaper or its staff members. Comments may be pre-moderated by our team and if found offensive, be removed.
When commenting, please respect others. Be polite to all the members of our community, including other commenters, authors and the subjects of articles. We believe strongly that the Zoutnet group of websites should be a safe and welcoming space for all individuals, groups and their ideas. As such, any rudeness, insults, hate speech, hostility, or language that incites racism or unfair discrimination may be removed and you may lose your ability to comment.
Isabel joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in 2009 as a reporter. She holds a BA Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa. Her beat is mainly crime and court reporting.