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A massive manhunt has been launched in three provinces for a prison escapee who allegedly killed two Gauteng police officers last week.

Police in Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal yesterday issued a strong warning to members of public to be on the lookout for the suspect - who is said to be heavily armed.

They warned that people who know of his whereabouts should contact the police and should not try to arrest him themselves.

Thabang Ndebele allegedly gunned down the two officers who were transporting him from Johannesburg to Durban, where he was to appear in court for a case of hijacking on Wednesday.

The bodies of the two officers were found in the early hours of Thursday.

One of the bodies was found in Harrismith in the Free State and the other was found in Babanango in KwaZulu-Natal, in an overturned police vehicle.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokes-person Superintendent Jay Naicker said yesterday they suspected that the prisoner had overpowered the men before fatally shooting them.

"He is also a dangerous criminal wanted for various offences, including house breaking and armed robbery.

"It is believed that he may be in possession of an R5 rifle and 9mm pistols belonging to the policemen," Naicker said.

Ndebele, originally from Hlabisa in northern KwaZulu-Natal, has several criminal cases pending in three courts across the country.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini yesterday confirmed that Ndebele has hijacking cases pending in the Boksburg, Benoni and Johannesburg magistrate's courts and was being taken to Durban to appear in court when he escaped.

Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is requested to contact Captain Justice Khumalo of Babanango Police on 082-372-4605 or they can contact Crime Stop on 0860010111.


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