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Six awaiting-trial prisoners have bolted to freedom from police cells in Siyabuswa, in Mpumalanga.
The prisoners, whom police described as "extremely dangerous", allegedly cut through the roof of an exercise court on Sunday night.
"Our members were on routine check when they noticed that the grills on the roof of the exercise court had been cut off.
"They later realised that six awaiting-trial prisoners had escaped," said Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane.
The police identified the escapees as Collen Masemola, 20; Kelvin Mohlomanyane, 18; Thabang Ramasetla, 22; Thulani Mayaba, 25; Sabela Cala, 19, and Dumisani Dlamini, 24.
Khoabane said the six were facing criminal charges ranging from murder, armed robbery and burglary.
He asked members of the public who might come into contact with the fugitives not to confront them but to alert the police instead.
"As far as we are aware, these are extremely dangerous prisoners who are capable of anything, including murder, so please don't try to apprehend them because your own life might be in danger," said Khoabane.
The suspects are accused of, among others, killing a policeman in Dullstroom in November last year.
Khoabane said the police were investigating the circumstances that led to the daring escape, including the type of instrument the escapees used to cut open the iron bars, and how the object could have been smuggled into the prison cell.