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DURBAN – Six detainees escaped from police cells at the Empangeni police station after the police allegedly forgot to lock doors leading to the exit.

Three have since been rearrested, while three others are on the run. And one of those on the run is wanted for murder.

The escape happened on the night of May 30. From what has been established by the Sunday Tribune, police forgot to lock the cell and the six awaiting trial detainees walked out.

It is unclear why the detainees were being kept at the police station’s holding cells when Empangeni Correctional Services is situated next door, separated only by a fence.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed the escape. “Cases of escaping from lawful custody were opened at Empangeni police station for investigation. However, three detainees have been rearrested and the other three have not been found.

“We appeal to community members not to try to apprehend them since they are dangerous. Rather contact the nearest police station,” said Zwane.

The three suspects still on the run are Sandile Majola, 29, Mxolisi Mbuyazi, 22, and Thanda Zulu, 32. They are identified below.

ON THE RUN | Escapee Thanda Zulu. Picture: Supplied

ON THE RUN | Escapee Mxolisi Mbuyazi. Picture: Supplied

TOP PHOTO: The Empangeni Police Station, where the six detainees walked out of an unlocked police cell. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ANA Pictures

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