Wanted thug finally nabbed
Arrested after allegedly committing another crime
DOUGLAS Mokgakane - the fugitive labelled the "most wanted criminal" by the police in Mpumalanga after his daring escape with three others from the Skukuza police station in the Kruger National Park on November 6 last year - has finally been rearrested.
Mokgakane, 26, is facing more than 50 charges in Mpumalanga, including murder, rape, theft, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.
He was arrested after allegedly committing another crime in Pretoria on Friday.
Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the provincial police would send a team to identify as well as bring him down to the province.
Mokgakane was initially arrested with Sandile Matsane, Nghilichi Ndlovu, David Paku and Reuben Mathebula after they were cornered by the police at Graskop on August 5 last year.
Police found five illegal guns and also discovered suspected stolen bank cards, cellphone vouchers, cellphones, a suspected stolen engine and more than five suspected stolen vehicles in the Bushbuckridge area.
Mokgakane, Paku and Ndlovu managed to escape from the Skukuza police cells on November 6 last year but Paku and Ndlovu were rearrested about a month later.
During his temporary freedom Mokgakane allegedly went on a crime spree that included the rape of a businesswoman and her daughter.
Mokgakane's mother, Flonny Chiloane, was later arrested and charged with defeating the ends of justice for allegedly interacting with her son but failing to report him to the police.
Meanwhile, Matsane, one of Mokgakane's co-accused in many of the cases, was re-arrested at Kumani village near his home township of Thulamahashe on Friday.
He was one of the 11 prisoners awaiting trial who had escaped from thee Hazyview police cells after overpowering two policemen last week.
Hlathi said Matsane's re-arrest brought to four the number of escapees that were rearrested after last week's daring escape in Hazyview.