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Public urged to help track down trial-awaiting escapee

News in brief - Date: 01 October 2020

Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 4179


The Tshilwavhusiku police are searching for a trial-awaiting prisoner who escaped from the cells at the Tshilwavhusiku Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday.

The suspect, Vhutshilo Mashige (30), was arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Ms Takalani Tshilamulele, who was found murdered in some bushes next to a bridge at Ravele in November 2018.

After the incident, Mashige had been on the run for two weeks but was later brought to the police by his mother.

Mashige allegedly escaped by forcing open the door of the cell, after which he disappeared. According to police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, the police are conducting an internal investigation.

The police have appealed to people not to attempt to arrest the suspect in case they meet him, saying he is extremely dangerous. They should instead report his whereabouts to the nearest police station. Mojapelo said additional charges of escaping from custody had been opened.

The police are appealing to members of the community to assist with information that can lead to the re-arrest of the escapee.


Vhutshilo Mashige is on the run.



Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.


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