Five Zimbabweans have escaped from remand prison in Limpopo, South Africa. Two South Africans also bolted out of the jail.

Police in South Africa say the seven broke out of their holding cells at around 8pm during a routine service by the police.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said “It is alleged that these prisoners escaped during the routine service by the police and they were identified as as Philani Ndebele (Zimbabwean), Thapelo Mello (South African) and Themba Ncube (Zimbabwean), who were all arrested for contravening sections of the explosives Act,” he said.

“The other suspects are Sello Rengane (South African), who was arrested for rape, Mpho Obvious Lesese, Kenneth Shumba and Kazen Dhliwayo all Zimbabweans who were arrested for armed robbery.

“Anyone with information that can lead to the re-arrest of these escapees is requested to contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the Crime Line SMS 32211 or the nearest police station”.