Shockingly, four extremely dangerous criminals managed to escape from lawful custody in Hoedspruit this week, and they still have not been recaptured. Despite this publication’s questions to the provincial spokesperson of the police, Col Moatshe Ngoepe, at the time of going to print we had received absolutely no feedback on the progress of what we would assume is a very urgent manhunt.

So far this year there have been a total of 57 confirmed escapees out of the country’s correctional services’ prisons. As it stands the Limpopo region’s prisons, which include facilities in Mpumalanga, are 231% overcrowded with a shortage of 730 beds. All of this is made available in the department’s annual report for the 2018/2019 period.

In the latest incident on Sunday, four prisoners aged between 31 and 41 years, managed to escape through the roof of the Hoedspruit cells. We were not offered any further details nor was it made clear whether adequate supervision was present at the time of the escape.

One of the escapees, Neverdie Dyayani Baloyi (39) is considered extremely dangerous and is facing charges of murder, rape, house and business robbery. He is believed to be residing in the Tzaneen area currently and police have warned citizens not to approach him alone should they encounter him.

The other three escapees were Jacky Frans Sekgobela (41) wanted for house robbery and business robbery. This escapee committed several crimes in Limpopo and Mpumalanga and is regarded as dangerous. Vanrooi Pompi Khosa (36) He resides at Cottondale in Acornhoek and is facing two charges of house breaking and theft and Wilson Letebele (31) from the Willows village outside Hoedspruit. He is wanted for house breaking and robbery.

A case of escaping from lawful custody has been opened and investigations into the circumstances of the escape have already begun. Community members are warned that these four criminals are dangerous, they must not try to apprehend them but must instead inform the Police quickly.

Police request anyone with valuable information that can lead to the rearrest of these criminals to contact  the Station Commander of Hoedspruit Lt.Col Olivia Rhulani Mabasa at 0825658253 or Detective Commander, Captain Cobra Moriri at 0825734773. Alternatively, to visit their nearest Police Station or Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or SMS Line 32211.



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