Tue, 28 Sep 2021

  • A man serving time for housebreaking escaped from Goodwood Prison.
  • But he was rearrested after he was found in Bonteheuwel.
  • Authorities are now investigating how he managed to break free.
A man has been rearrested after he escaped from Goodwood Prison in Cape Town on Sunday.

Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said Ashwin Malan, 30, who was serving a three-year sentence for housebreaking, was part of a team of inmates on cleaning duty at the prison.

Goodwood, Ashwin MalanSuppliedNews24 Supplied

When officials did a roll call, they realised they were a man short and a search ensued.

DA ward councillor Angus McKenzie sent a message to his contacts to be on the lookout for the man after he managed to slip away from the cleaning team. He had apparently changed into other clothes and escaped.

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Sightings in Bonteheuwel were reported, including one at the man's mother's house.

He was eventually found at about 21:00 and taken back to prison.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said the man was traced during a joint operation to Grass Street in Bonteheuwel.

Nxumalo said an investigation would be conducted to find out how the man escaped.

McKenzie thanked the community for helping to trace the man.

Source: News24

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