Police to release identikits of escaped Pollsmoor inmates, public warned

Police are tracking down six inmates that escaped from Pollsmoor Prison on Sunday night from the medium B section.

One of the escapees is serving a 12-year sentence for attempted murder, while the rest were sentenced for petty crimes.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the men used components of a bed to remove the steel bars over a window.

Read: Warder recalls "prison hell" as he retires after four decades at Pollsmoor

Correctional Services spokesperson Simphiwe Xaso says the escaped inmates have not been spotted since their escape.

Xaso says police will be issuing identikits of the escapees to media houses for publication.

He has warned that members of the public should not try engage the convicts, but rather report to the nearest police station, if spotted.

An internal investigation has also been launched.

Six sentenced offenders escaped from the B5 unit of Pollsmoor's medium B section at 11pm last night.

Simphiwe Xako, Spokesperson for Correctional Services in the Western Cape

It's believed that the six escaped convicts broke a bed and started making holes around [prison] bars.

Simphiwe Xako, Spokesperson for Correctional Services in the Western Cape

Five of the six escaped convicts were sentenced for petty crimes. One of them was doing 12 years for attempted murder.

Simphiwe Xako, Spokesperson for Correctional Services in the Western Cape

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