LIMPOPO cops have launched a manhunt for six awaiting trial prisoners who escaped while being transported by Makhado cops.
This after a group of heavily armed suspects attacked and shot at officer and freed the prisoners on Monday morning, 13 March.
The incident happened along the Vivo road next to the first Schoemansdal turnoff outside Louis Trichardt.
The suspects have been identified as Forward Shumba (26), Brilliant Sibanda (26), Shingirai Nyandome (32), Erick Sithole (35), Moses Zambara (32) and Alex Nkomo (35).
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Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects sped off with the escapees in a grey Mercedes-Benz and a white Toyota bakkie.
“All escapees are Zimbabwean nationals. The first five were arrested for aggravated robbery, three counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. The last one was arrested for theft of cables,” said Mojapelo.
“People are advised not to approach the suspects under any circumstances as they are considered dangerous but must instead call the police.”
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Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe has ordered the use of the necessary police resources, including the air wing, to hunt down the escapees and suspects.
Mojapelo encouraged anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspects and escapees to contact Colonel Nyelisani Mabatha on 082 565 8171 or CrimeStop on 08600 10111.