Malmesbury prison escape: All 68 inmates recaptured

All 68 prisoners who escaped from Malmesbury Remand Detention Facility have been recaptured, the Department of Justice has confirmed.


The mass escape happed on Friday when the group overpowered officials at lunchtime, injuring nine warders in the process.

All inmates recaptured after escape


Most of the escapees are said to be gang members, and the prison break is said to have been planned long before it was carried out.


"The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services confirms that all escapees in the Malmesbury correctional facility have been rearrested," Justice spokesperson Chrispin Phiri said.Chrispin Phiri, department spokesperson


Justice Minister Ronald Lamola visited the facility on Saturday.


"The escapees overpowered the officials, took the keys and locked three of them in a cell and opened the other cells before escaping through the main entrance and over the roof," Lamola said.Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services


He added;


"The department would want to condemn this reckless action by these offenders and would make sure that they are punished for their actions."Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Escapees relocated


The majority of the inmates were rearrested soon after the escape, with reported to be still at large by Friday evening.


By Saturday, only three remained within the community. They were, however, captured during the course of the day.


Lamola says the department transferred some of the inmates out of the facility nearby maximum-security prisons.


"The centre is currently under lockdown in order to ensure stability," he said.
"We want to assure communities that we will do everything in our power to apprehend the remaining escapees and will not do anything to put communities at risk.
"The regional commissioner has appointed a team to investigate the incident and I am appealing to everyone to allow us time to establish the facts, finalise the investigation and not listen to unfounded rumours."Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services


Lamola also confirmed that the officers who were on duty during the escape would undergo counselling.