South African officials have confirmed the re-arrest of all 68 inmates who escaped from a jail in Western Cape on Friday.
The government said the inmates were re-arrested following a two-day manhunt.
The inmates at Malmesbury Prison broke jail after overpowering staff during an exercise session.
Three officers were locked up in a cell by the inmates who then freed other prisoners and escaped over a roof.
In a statement the South African Correctional Service said “The escapees overpowered officials, took the keys and locked three officials in a cell and opened other cells before escaping through the main entrance and over the roof.”
Nine prison officers “sustained minor injuries and bruises” during the incident, the statement added.
An eyewitness who saw the jail break captured the incident on camera while sitting in his car.
Prisoners escape Malmesbury. Some even hijacked a vehicle. pic.twitter.com/HqugqzLu5M
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) July 24, 2020
“The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services confirms that all escapees in the Malmesbury correctional facility have been rearrested,” Department of Justice spokesperson Chrispin Phiri said.