Dumisani Respect Chauke, one of the three inmates who escaped from the Saselamani police custody in Limpopo, has been re-arrested. Chauke, 32, is an awaiting trial inmate charged with two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

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He was this morning, on Sunday, 05 November re-arrested at Madonsi village in Malamulele.

Three awaiting trial male suspects aged between 32 and 33 escaped from Saselamani Police detention facility in the early hours of Thursday.

According to the information, the Police officers on duty on Thursday, 02 November 2023 at about 03:26 am when they were conducting a routine of hourly patrol duties, heard an unusual noise from the cells. Upon arrival in the cells, they discovered that three of the inmates escaped through the roof. Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.


Police are still on manhunt for the two remaining escaped detainees:

1. Mikateko Ronald Chauke [33] was arrested for Burglary.
2. Jimmy Matirhele [32] was arrested for Burglary.  

Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the re-arrest of Dumisani Chauke. She ordered the Police to work with speed to recapture the remaining suspects. She also further called upon the community to provide any positive leads to ensure the swift apprehension of the escapees.

Anyone with information that can assist in rearresting the escapees should contact the Investigating Officer Detective Captain Nkhangweleni Tshilande at 072 728 1504. SAPS Crime Stop at 08600 10111 alternatively report to the nearest Police Station or can also share it anonymously on MySAPSApp.