Convicted rapist rearrested days after prison escape

08 April 2019 - 19:50
By Iavan Pijoos
Johannes Petrus Cordier, who escaped from Nigel prison last week, has been rearrested.
Image: Department of Correctional Services Johannes Petrus Cordier, who escaped from Nigel prison last week, has been rearrested.

Convicted rapist Johannes Petrus Cordier, who escaped from Nigel prison in Ekurhuleni, was rearrested on Monday after spending several days on the run.

Correctional services spokesperson Zandile Mabunda said he was rearrested by the department, working with the police, near Hartbeespoort.

"The department of correctional services internal investigation will determine disciplinary steps to be taken against the offender and all involved and SAPS is also investigating the escape," Mabunda said in a statement.

Gauteng correctional services commissioner Thakane Grace Molatedi commended officials who had worked tirelessly to track down the escaped inmate.

It was not initially clear how Cordier had escaped.