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Fugitive re-arrested less than a day after escaping from courtroom

May 31, 2018
Fugitive re-arrested less than a day after escaping from courtroom

A wanted fugitive, 23-year-old Thokozani Malinga, who was sought by police after escaping from lawful custody at the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court, has been brought to book by an off-duty cop.

"Malinga was nabbed on Wednesday morning, at around 09:00, by an off-duty police Constable, who spotted and cornered him while leaving his hideout," described police spokesperson, Sergeant Gerald Sedibe.

"Malinga escaped on Tuesday, at about 16:00, after he was remanded in custody and scheduled to reappear again on Wednesday.

"Whilst being escorted back to the holding cells, he reportedly fled from the court room. Malinga was initially arrested for burglary (business) which he committed during March this year, around Ermelo."

He is now facing an additional charge of escapin from lawful custody and is due to appear at the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, applauded the member for going beyond the call of duty and bringing this fugitive to book.

“This shows a passion and dedication towards his work and all police officers must take a cue from his actions,” said General Zuma.