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Zimbabweans rearrested after prison escape in South Africa

THREE of the four armed robbers who last Wednesday managed to disarm a police officer and escape while being transported to Mokopane Regional Court in Limpopo, South Africa were arrested Saturday.

Three of the four are Zimbabwean males and two of them were rearrested while the third is still on the run.

The three Zimbabwean nationals are; Clifford Matonhori (31) John Fine (39) Dennis Hove (39) who are Zimbabwean nationals and Figos Madisha, (40).

However, Hove is still on the run.

The four hijacked two trucks while on the run, said police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

"Four suspects fitting the description of the ones who escaped from the police van along the R101 road south of Polokwane allegedly hijacked a truck and later abandoned it at Ysyerberg on the N1 road," Mojapelo said.

"The same suspects allegedly hijacked another truck the next day at Nyl Plaza toll gate and drove it towards Modimolle with the victims inside. The truck hit one of the barricades at Kranskop toll gate and the suspects jumped off and fled into the bushes."

A search operation involving Limpopo highway patrol, the SAPS Airwing, trackers, and community members led to the re-arrest of the men.

Mojapelo said one of the prisoners had shot at the police when he was spotted in the bushes.

"Police returned fire and when they searched the area, they found the suspect in a tree and injured. He was immediately arrested. The other two suspects were arrested in the vicinity. A police firearm robbed during the escape was recovered in the bushes."

The four had been arrested and convicted of armed robberies with aggravating circumstances committed in April 2019 along the N1 road in Belabela, Modimolle, Mookgopong, and Mokopane.

They were scheduled to be sentenced last Friday.

The search for Hove continues.

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