Escaped prisoners re-arrested near Kareedouw

Two escapees, Mbongosi Mgoqi (24) and Jason Witbooi (22) were successfully apprehended in the Storms River Area on Saturday, 6 April 2019, with the assistance of an alert motorist.

Mgoqi and Witbooi managed to escape from the back of a moving SAPS vehicle at 11:20 on Tuesday, 2 April 2019, whilst being transported back to prison.

The escape occurred on the R62 and N2 on-ramp, near the Kareedouw and Humansdorp turn-off.

Witbooi had been arrested for the murder of Norman Ludwig, 69, who resided on a farm in the Joubertina area in October 2018 and Mgoqi was sentenced to five years imprisonment on 1 April 2019 on a charge of culpable homicide that occurred in August 2007, also in the Louterwater (Joubertina district).

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A task team from the South African Police Service was immediately set up in search of the escapees.

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It is believed that the two escapees were hiding out in the Kareedouw district and they had decided to leave the area.

The two, who were hitch hiking, obtained a lift from an alert community member who recognised them immediately and notified the police in Storms River.

Police officers from the Storms River SAPS set up a roadblock on the N2 and pulled the vehicle with the two escapees off the road and re-arrested them on the spot.

Mbongosi Mgoqi and Jason Witbooi are due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, 8 April 2019 on a charge of escape from lawful custody.

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