South Africa: Shots Fired At Joburg High Court As 5 Prisoners Try to Escape - Report

There is a large police presence at the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg after five prisoners tried to escape on Monday.

According to Netwerk24, four prisoners had been rearrested after police fired shots at the court. One police official was reportedly injured when one of the escapees allegedly stabbed him. One prisoner is reportedly still on the run.

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters told News24 that there were multiple injuries and that police were still inside the court building. She told News24 she would provide more details at a later stage.

This is the third incident at the high court, located in the Johannesburg CBD, since the end of last year.

In December 2018, judges were on lockdown for an hour in the court after two awaiting-trial prisoners escaped, according to News24.

Then, in February, two prisoners escaped through the court's rear building.

Lieutenant Kay Makhubele at the time told News24 that the escape happened during the court's "rush hour period" when suspects are brought to the building from various prisons.

More details to follow.

Source: News24

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: News24Wire

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.