South Africa Police Service has launched a man hunt for Zimbabwean Knowledge Lucky Mashava who escaped prison in Hlanganani, Limpopo province.
The 25 year old escaped from remand prison pending trial for nine cases including 2 counts of murder, and robberies.
Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said yesterday that a manhunt for Mashava was underway.
“The suspect who is a Zimbabwean, was arrested for nine offenses that he allegedly committed from June 2018 to February 2020 around Hlanganani, Giyani and Letsitele policing areas,” he said
Preliminary investigations revealed that the escapee used an unknown object to cut open a certain portion in the cell building.”
Brig Mojapelo said anyone with information on Mashava should contact the nearest police station or Captain Marivate on 0027 82 468 8673 and the crime hotline 002686 001 10111.
Limpopo police advised the public against trying to apprehend him since he is considered a dangerous criminal.
Escapee Knowledge Mashava is believed to have crossed Limpopo river into Zimbabwe as he was last seen heading North.
According to fellow Zimbabweans who knew the escapee, he hails from Zimbabwean oldest province Masvingo Province in the Mashava area.
“We have known him since 2018, he has been in and out of police cells mainly for assault cases. He is known for robbing people mostly Zimbabweans who travel here to do their shopping. Such kind of criminality invites trouble for some of us hard working Zimbabweans. You will see on social media South Africans saying Zimbabweans must fall, Zimbabweans must go, this is because of these people who rob people here.,”
Asked where he is likely to be, they mentioned ” arowa pasi” meaning he has gone home.
The police spokesperson revealed that at least 30 Zimbabwean nationals have escaped Limpopo police custody in the previous 12 months.
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