Third man fled during court shooting

Johannesburg - A third man escaped from custody when two awaiting-trial prisoners opened fire in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"Police have launched a manhunt for a third suspect who allegedly escaped at the Pretoria court yesterday [Tuesday]," police spokesperson Khensani Magoai said.

The man had appeared on an armed robbery charge and was ordered to remain in custody until his next appearance on 8 September.

"Today it was discovered that he was not on the list of the awaiting trial prisoners that were taken to the correctional services."

It was unclear how he escaped, but police were investigating.

Police were searching for him and the other two.

A court orderly was grazed on the back, and a police officer shot in the head when two awaiting-trial prisoners opened fire in court on Tuesday.

The Times named them as Constable Eddie Ngobeni and Sergeant Theopilus Mogafe, the court orderly. Ngobeni was apparently trying to save Mogafe when he was shot.

The two prisoners, Lucky Segwape, 28, and Nthabeleng Matlatfi, 26, were due to appear in court on charges of house robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms. They emerged from the holding cells and opened fire in the courtroom.

Ngobeni was due to testify in their case. It was unclear how they got the weapon.

The two fled the court and hijacked a car outside. The vehicle was abandoned in Atteridgeville, where they hijacked another car, a red VW Polo.

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Feik Mc Heither 2014-08-20 09:43:31 PM
This is a joke of the century.
Waggie 2014-08-20 09:47:36 PM
Lovely to watch. Aai aai Africans.
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-20 09:53:50 PM
Only now it was discovered can some one remind me when this escape happened? ??
Bento Maepa 2014-08-20 09:57:20 PM
Unclear how the got hold of a gun, my foot. They got it from one of the orderlies or police.
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-20 10:02:17 PM
On 702 some one spoke that works at court and said most of the time these guys are tipsy
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-20 10:07:46 PM
Im sure they had to sober up first
Bento Maepa 2014-08-20 10:12:54 PM
Unclear how they got hold of a gun, my foot. The whole country knows it came from one of those drunk orderlies or police. More scum could have escaped for what we care.
Fanele Eric Gina 2014-08-20 10:15:02 PM
Thimas Mogale Topi 2014-08-20 10:19:06 PM
We'll I'am I think if all of us black an white if we are one nation togethere we can limit the DIVIL in our country.our government need a strong law enforcement order.
Khutso Bokaba 2014-08-20 10:27:19 PM
One of the cops knows where the gun comes from