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Fugitives re-arrested on N2 after being recognised by motorist, who gave them a lift

Apr 8, 2019
Fugitives re-arrested on N2 after being recognised by motorist, who gave them a lift

Mbongosi Mgoqi and Jason Witbooi were re-arrested at a roadblock after hitchhiking

Humansdorp - Additional charges of escaping from lawful custody are to be added to two men, who escaped from a police van between Kareedouw and Humansdorp last week, after they were re-arrested.

"The two escapees, Mbongosi Mgoqi (24) and Jason Witbooi (22) were successfully apprehended in the Storms River Area at 12:00,  Saturday, with the assistance of an alert motorist," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.   

"Mgoqi and Witbooi managed to escape from the back of a moving SAPS vehicle at 11:20 on Tuesday, whilst being transported back to the St Albans prison."

She said that the escape occurred on the R62 and N2 on-ramp, near the Kareedouw and Humansdorp turn-off. 

"Witbooi was arrested for the murder of Norman Ludwig, 69, who resided on a farm in the Joubertina area in October 2018 and Mgoqi was sentenced to five-years imprisonment on 1 April 2019 on a charge of culpable homicide that occurred in August 2007, also in the Louterwater (Joubertina district)," said Capt Swart. 

Alert motorist recognised the escapees and notified Storms River police

A task team from the South African Police Service was immediately set up in search of the escapees. 

"It is believed that the two escapees were hiding out in the Kareedouw district and they decided to leave the area on Saturday morning. 

"The two, who were hitchhiking on Saturday morning, obtained a lift from an alert community member, who recognised the two immediately and notified the police in Storms River," she said. 

"Police officers from the Storms River SAPS set up a roadblock on the N2 and pulled the vehicle with the two escapees off the road and re-arrested them on the spot."
 
Mbongosi Mgoqi and Jason Witbooi are due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of escape from lawful custody. 
 
Acting Humansdorp SAPS Cluster Commander, Colonel Simon Swarts thanked the community for the pivotal role that they played in the re-arrest of the escapees.

"Anyone who has any information on crime are kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality."

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