31 prisoners have escaped from custody movie style – Helpless Police held at gun point by thugs

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– 31 prisoners awaiting trial have escaped from custody
– Police were confronted by 5 armed men
– 9 prisoners are now in their custody but 23 are still on the run."

Police have launched a manhunt after 31 awaiting trial prisoners escaped from a truck that was transporting them from the Pietermaritzburg New Prison to the Pietermaritzburg Margistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning.

Police in KwaZulu-Natal are searching for 23 awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from a truck that was transporting them from the Pietermaritzburg New Prison to the local magistrate's court.

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The police's Jay Naicker said that 45 prisoners were being driven by two police officers when they were stopped by a double cab bakkie with five heavily armed men.

The suspects pointed guns at the officers and forced them to open the rear of the truck.

Naicker explained that more than 30 prisoners initially managed to escape but 22 were now back in their custody.

"Police have launched a manhunt after 31 awaiting trial prisoners escaped from a truck that was transporting them from the Pietermaritzburg (PMB) New Prison to the PMB Margistrates Court this morning. "

 


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