Mthatha shooting accomplice's case postponed

JANUARY 27, 2015

A woman accused of smuggling a gun into court to help two prisoners escape during their appearance at the Mthatha Magistrate's Court last year had her case postponed to the end of  February, Eastern Cape police said.

"The case was postponed to 27 February for the High Court in Mthatha," Lt-Col Mzukisi Fatyela said.

Aviziwe Bila, 27, allegedly put a loaded gun into a dustbin at the magistrate's court in September where one of the prisoners retrieved it.

The two prisoners were due to appear at the High Court on various charges relating to armed robberies, hi-jacking, murder, rape and kidnapping.

They managed to overpower and disarm their escort before their escape was foiled by members of the Correctional Services Security Task Team and members of the SAPS National Intervention Unit.

“Upon arrival at the court, two prisoners that were escorted from the Kokstad Maximum Security Prison tried to escape by overpowering one of the members escorting them.

“A cross-fire ensued between the prisoners and the security team. The two prisoners died due to gunshot wounds sustained during the incident,” Eastern Cape SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills said then.

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