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Mozambican's second escape from C-Max

By unknown | Nov 20, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

Ananias Mathe, 23, has escaped from the C-Max Correctional Centre in Pretoria again.

His latest escape on Saturday, 19 months after his first escape, has left correctional services officials baffled.

An intense manhunt was launched to rearrest the Mozambican, who was in prison for 51 charges, including murder and rape.

A senior official in the department described Mathe's escape as "unbelievable" because of the tight security.

Department spokesman, Simphiwe Kondleka, said a major manhunt had been launched to find him.

He said Mathe was arrested on December 4 last year on suspicion of being involved in a series of rapes, several armed robberies, murders and hijackings.

Describing the enclosure from which Mathe escaped, and the dramatic and daring escape, Kondleka said the fugitive was detained at A 6 Section, called the admission and special care unit.

He said the section "is classified as phase one and it houses hardened criminals who are escape risks.

"It is believed that Mathe un-cuffed himself, broke through a number of small windows and forced his way out on to the roof of the prison's centre in what is seen as a military precision escape," said Kondleka.

He said the escape was noticed by a night shift official.

Authorities at the prison described Mathe as an "escape risk who had escaped from police custody before and who has tried several times to escape from the C-Max correctional centre".

Kondleka said the Correctional Services Department and the police have launched an investigation "to determine if there was any collusion or negligence by any staff member or members".

Inspector Anton Breedt of the Pretoria area police said that most of the 51 charges Mathe was facing were committed in North West, Gauteng and Free State.

The public is warned not to confront Mathe because he "is a dangerous offender".

Anyone who sees him or who has any information is asked to contact captains Arnold Boonsthra or Jansen van Vuuren on 082-822-8174 and 082-779-8567.


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