‘Here he hides’; residents report fugitives to police


Five months after Lewis Magoro and three accomplices escaped from the police’s holding cells in Hlogotlou near Groblersdal in Limpopo, this fugitive is behind bars again.

Magoro (38) was arrested last weekend after a shootout with the police in Motetema. Magoro was wounded during the shooting.

Col. Malesela Ledwaba, police spokesperson, says Mogoro was arrested at his hideout in Tafelkop on Saturday morning after the police received a tip from the public about the whereabouts of the fugitive Magoro.

Magoro opened fire on police officers, who in turn fired back, wounding Magoro.

Mogora escaped from the police in Hlogotlou’s holding cells on 4 May together with Thabang Mokoena, Thabang Nzima and Sello Mankge.

RNews reported at the time that police officers were changing shifts when they noticed that four detainees had escaped through the roof of the cells.

Mankge was arrested shortly afterwards on the police station premises while he was trying to get away.

Mokoena was arrested again a few days later. Mokoena was reportedly handed over to the police by a family member after they became aware of his escape.

It is not clear whether Nzima is still at large.

Ledwaba says that before his escape, Magoro was connected to several crimes including attempted murder, the illegal possession of a firearm as well as business and home robberies.

The offenses were all committed in the Motetema area.

He will soon appear in court on additional charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm and escape from lawful custody.