Convicts have escaped from Malmesbury Prison on Friday [July 24]. In a video shared by Yusuf Abramjee on Twitter, a number of men are seen fleeing opposite the Malmesbury Toyota dealership situated close to the prison. According to the tweet, some of the escapees hijacked a vehicle. 

This is a developing story.

Police from Malmesbury and neighbouring police stations on the West Coast, together with officials from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), have launched an extensive search for awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from  Malmesbury on Friday afternoon. The search party including detectives, on foot and in vehicles, has already covered much ground with the re-arrest of several escapees.

Members of the public are advised not to try to apprehend the escapees, but to contact the following numbers with information:
Lt Col Ntsethe of Malmesbury police on 082 469 0975; alternatively
Jonathan Bredenkamp on 072 878 2685

As the search intensifies, additional support will be summoned. Meanwhile, an investigation is underway to determine how the escape occurred.

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