Alleged serial killer among those who escaped from Joburg court

05 December 2018 - 17:01
By Nico Gous
The Johannesburg high court.
Image: Google Earth The Johannesburg high court.

Two prisoners awaiting trial for murder have escaped from the Johannesburg high court.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed that the two suspects escaped around 2pm on Wednesday. The suspects have been named as Sbonelo Thwala, 21, and Mongezi Mcunukelwa, 31.

Masondo said police have launched a manhunt as they investigate how the suspects escaped. No arrests have been made.

News24 reported on 29 August last year that Mcunukelwa is an alleged serial killer who is linked to 10 murders and attempted murder cases. He was reportedly arrested on June 21 last year during a shootout with police.

Several people have taken to Twitter regarding the escapes:

This is a developing story.