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By Mhlaba Memela | Mar 08, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

POLICE have vowed to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the remaining six men who escaped from Westville Prison are back in jail soon.

One of the escapees, Nhlanhla Mhlongo, was gunned down when police stormed a house in Groutville, KwaDukuza, on the North Coast in the early hours of Saturday.

Mhlongo allegedly fired four shots at the police, missing with all of them. An officer shot back and hit him once in the chest, killing him. Mhlongo was the third escapee who failed to run away from the long arm of the law.

Other members of the gang were Thozamile Taki, a suspected serial killer who fell and broke his leg when he tried to escape and another member, Simon Bouque of N-Section, Umlazi.

Bouque is facing charges of robbery, murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm. The police have already sent Bouque to maximum security prison in Kokstad.

Senior Superintendent Vincent Mdunge is adamant that the remaining six men will soon be brought back to prison. Mdunge said the police were on the heels of the men - Thulani Shandu, Sibusiso Thili Mzimela, Siboniso Zuma, Nkosinathi Nzama Mabaso, Nhlanhla Mduduzi Mngadi and Mandla Mavundla - who are still at large.

The men are described as dangerous.

Mdunge said they had had to move in quickly because they knew exactly in which house Mhlongo was.

He said it was an intelligence-driven operation and they had to move fast to get to him before he could act.

"Mhlongo was responsible for a number of ATM bombings around areas in northern KwaZulu-Natal," Mdunge said.

"He also killed a police officer who tried to arrest him after one of the bombings."

Bouque appeared in the Pinetown magistrate's court just hours after his arrest, pleaded guilty to the escape charge and was sentenced to three years in prison.


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