Police re-arrest another awaiting trial escapee

POTCHEFSTROOM � Police in Hartbeespoortdam re-arrested the second of the six (6) awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from lawful custody in the early hours on Thursday, 20 December 2018.

Charles Chauke (34) was re-arrested on Monday, 07 January 2019 at approximately 18:30 through an intelligence driven operation by Brits Trio Task Team, Operational Coordination Centre, Hartbeespoortdam Crime and Prevention. Acting on a tip-off, the team nabbed the accused in a taxi on the N4 road between Rustenburg and Marikana. The taxi was en route to Mozambique. Chauke was in detention for multiple counts of house robbery that were committed in Scheerpoort when he escaped.

Police are still appealing to members of the community to assist with locating and or providing information that can lead to the re-arrest of the remaining four (4) accused who escaped on the same day, 20 December 2018, by sawing through the burglar proofing. Their names are: Felix Mlambo (26), Caiphus Shilenge (26), Henry Sithole (22) as well as Paul Samuel Mozite (24). They were detained for various offences including murder, house and business robberies and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Members of the community are once again urged not to try and apprehend or confront the escapees as they may be dangerous. Anyone with information that may lead to re-arrest of the escapees can call the nearest police station or contact the Investigating Officer, Colonel Simon Mokwena at 082 856 1326.

The North West Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Ryno Naidoo commended members who effected the arrest. We will leave no stone unturned and will continue to intensify our efforts until we re-arrest all of the escapees, said Major General Naidoo.

Source: South African Police Service