Court told of how jailers were shot

A FORMER C-Max prison guard yesterday recalled how two top prison officials were shot dead during a botched escape attempt bid five years ago.

Salmon Ngobeni, a section head at the security prison in Pretoria in 2004, was giving evidence in the murder trial of prison warder Herman Makhubela and prison inmate Patrick Mabuse.

During the escape bid prison head Sam Gomba and acting area co-ordinator Ben Ndinisa were slain.

The state alleges Makhubela provided the prisoners with a firearm and a knife after being promised a minibus in return.

Mpho Klangago and Ronald Nenyatso committed suicide during the escape bid.

Two other prisoners, Thabo Phofedi and Freddy Teane, have already been convicted for their role in the escape bid. - Sapa