Six escape from cells

Six awaiting-trial prisoners escaped from police cells in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, police said yesterday.

Six awaiting-trial prisoners escaped from police cells in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, police said yesterday.

Police spokesman Zandra Hechter said the six escaped shortly after midday on Sunday.

One of the escapees was rearrested late on Sunday night.

The other five - Xolani Silangwe, Anele Sipamla, Sipho Sanashayana, Simphiwe Nkhita and Tankiso Notebela - had faced charges ranging from dealing in dagga and theft to murder and kidnapping.

Police discovered they were missing when they went to provide them with food. They found the cell doors unlocked and a grille door forced open.

Hechter said the police were investigating how the men managed to escape and if they had received inside help. - Sapa

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