Sun City jail break: Two escap


Sun City jail break: Two escaped prisoners killed in police shootout

14 of the 16-strong group still remain at large

Sun City jail break: Two escap


Two prisoners who were part of a daring jailbreak from Johannesburg Correctional Facilities (Sun City) over the weekend have been shot dead, after exchanging fire with the police.

News24 confirm the pair – who are yet to be identified – were killed on Tuesday night at around 22:30. The gunfight between the criminals and law enforcement took place just outside of Greytown, on the R33 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Sun City escapees shot dead

The escapees fired at police officers, who had no choice but to defend themselves with their own weapons. The operation was carried out by the Hawks, who were able to track the convicts to their location.

In total, 16 prisoners – seven of whom are awaiting trial for murder – went on the run after breaking through a pipe shaft and getting through the fence. As of Wednesday afternoon, 14 of those prisoners are still at large.

Why has this jailbreak happened?

James Selfe is the DA’s Federal Executive. He says that this just simply isn’t good enough from South Africa’s Correctional Services. Selfe believes that the ANC have been irresponsible for not appointing a permanent CS Commissioner in the last year:

“These escapes are concerning and have exposed weaknesses in the country’s prison system.”

“The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, must also account for why there has not been a permanent appointment made in the position of national Justice and Correctional Services Commissioner since Zach Modise retired in mid-2017.”

“Parliament is empowered to intervene when national departments are failing to carry out their mandated duties and there appears to be a trend of prison escapes which needs to be addressed immediately.”

Are prison escapes happening more often?

Selfe also referred to a similar jailbreak that occurred in the Western Cape just last month. Six inmates from Pollsmore Prison managed to escape, leaving local communities at risk from the fugitives.

Back in August 2017, an armed group ambushed a police van carrying 20 convicts south of Johannesburg. They had been in court earlier in the afternoon and were returning back to their cells at Sun City before the gunmen pounced and freed the convicts.

Anyone who might have information about the whereabouts of the prisoners can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.