The manhunt for the five dangerous criminals who escaped from the Klerksdorp Regional Court on September 17th is still ongoing. All the five individuals have been charged with multiple offenses which include armed robbery, the illegal possession of unlicensed firearms, hijacking, possession of stolen vehicles and attempted murder.
The five suspects are Sibusiso Sibeko (40), Tebogo Molefi Ntenchane (35), Bongani Eudwin Mkhwanazi (51), Sithembiso Mthembu (43) and Tshepo Seboko (37). All of these men have been marked as “armed and dangerous”by the authorities. The accused were involved in a daring armed robbery that took place in Wolmaransstad in November 2015. The five men rammed a vehicle carrying diamond gravel, pointed a firearm at the driver and stole some of the item.
They then tried to dive away by hijacking an Isuzu bakkie but the incident was shared widely via social media and the vehicle, with the suspects inside, was spotted by the members of the community. This resulted in a chase and a shootout. The Isuzu bakkie lost control and the suspects tried to escape on foot through a maize field. They were subsequently captured by the members of the community and finally handed over to the police
The case was under investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit of the Hawks and the accused were kept in custody since their bail application as rejected. All the five accused made a court appearance on 17th September 2019 where the remaining drama played out.
After the court appearance, they were being taken down to the court cells when one of the accused produced a firearm and pointed in at a police officer. The officer escaped unharmed but the five accused forced open the court’s jail cell steel door and escaped too. Till now no further details about them have been found by the investigating authorities.
A reward was also announced for any information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects and it is still in effect. Any information provided will be treated with utmost confidentiality by the authorities. The members of the community have also been warned so as not to approach the suspects as they are considered dangerous.