Prison escapee back behind bars

Eastern Cape police have arrested a dangerous murderer who escaped from a maximum security prison in May this year.
According to police spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena, police from the Mthatha Flying Squad and cluster were informed that the 28-year-old Mandisi Makanda, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was seen at the Circus Triangle bus rank in Mthatha on Wednesday afternoon.
She said he was also found in possession of a police issue 9mm pistol with the serial number scratched off as well as two magazines and 14 rounds of ammunition.
Makanda escaped with his brother, Simphiwe Makanda, and two other inmates after shooting and injuring a prison guard from the Rooigrond prison in Mahikeng, North West.
The four disarmed the warder, shot him and sped off in a stolen prison vehicle driven by Mandisi.Simphiwe was rearrested in September.
Koena said the management of the Mahikeng Correctional Centre authorities have been informed of the arrest and are arranging to take Mandisi back to the Wellington Correctional Centre.
He is due to appear in court soon.
The Mthatha acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza applauded all involved in the arrest. “This is strong message to all criminals that take chances in coming to commit crime in our area that there is no space for them in Mthatha.”..

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