Police from Malmesbury and neighbouring police stations on the West Coast of Cape Town, together with officials from the Department of Correctional Services, have launched an extensive search for awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from the Malmesbury prison this afternoon.
Police spokesperson, Novela Potelwa says the search party comprises detectives on foot and in vehicles.
A number of escapees have been re-arrested. The public is advised not to try and apprehend the escapees but to contact the police. As the search intensifies additional support will be summoned.
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An investigation is underway to determine how the escape occurred.
Below is the statement on the manhunt: