THE management of the Sinthumule-Kutama private prison in Louis Trichardt is under the spotlight over the escape of two dangerous prisoners.
Police said two prisoners escaped from the prison on Tuesday morning and that there was no valid explanation given on how they escaped.
Johannes Khoza, 30, and Esho Naibe, 24, both from Zimbabwe, were convicted for crimes ranging from murder, rape, robbery, housebreaking and indecent assault.
Makhado police spokesperson Captain Maano Sadiki said they had since launched a manhunt for the two.
Investigations on how they escaped from lawful custody are also under way.
Khoza was convicted of murder and robbery in April 2006 while Naibe was serving a jail term for rape, housebreaking and indecent assault.
It is alleged that the two used a saw to cut the burglar bars and escape through the electric and barbed wire fences. Prison authorities said they were still waiting for the surveillance report from camera operators.
Head of security at the prison Nyiko Mathebula denied allegations that the security system at the prison was weak because they failed to detect the escape.
"We are waiting for a report from camera operators," Mathebula said.
"At the moment, it is difficult to tell whether the cameras were working properly or not.
"We only hope the report will detail everything that happened on the day of the escape," he said.
How the prisoners came to be in possession of the saw is still a subject of investigation.