Provincial police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the prisoners escaped after chaos broke out at the Kutama Sinthumule Maximum Prison near Makhado.
He said they were investigating cases of malicious damage to property and escaping from lawful custody after the inmates went on the rampage‚ burning part of the prison building.
“Public Order Police‚ the TRTs [Tactical Response Team] and visible policing members were deployed to stabilise the situation and it has now returned to normal.
“A preliminary headcount was conducted and it was then discovered that about six prisoners have escaped‚,” Mojapelo said.
He urged for members of the public to assist police with information.
He said the six prisoners still at large had been identified as:
Jabulani Issac from Pretoria, Born.1986, imprisoned for two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault
Phathutshedzo Nemadodzi from Thohoyandou, Born:1983, imprisoned for murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances
Ntshengedzeni Manukha from Thohoyandou, Born:1992, imprisoned for rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances
Ntshavheni Thomas Munyai from Riverside, Born:1988, imprisoned for murder
Zimbabwean national Nyota Raphaelj, Born:1987, imprisoned for housebreaking and theft
Mozambican national Justice Makamo, Born:1990, imprisoned for rape, business robbery and common robbery.
Two of the escaped Limpopo prisoners caught
Mojapelo said the latest two arrests had taken place on Saturday morning when the escaped convicts were nabbed in a house at Shirley, in the Waterval policing area.
“A member of the community supplied valuable information that led to their re-arrest,” he said.
This brings the total number of escapees who were rearrested so far to three, after Chris Faku, who was serving time after being convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances, was apprehended on Friday.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba thanked community members for their continued support and expressed much appreciation for their swiftness and willingness to work with the police to bring criminals to book.
Police have appealed to community members in the areas of Mavhungeni, Schoemansdal, Maebani and the surrounding farms to be on the lookout for suspicious looking persons and to come forward with any information to the Makhado Station Commander Colonel Mabatha at 0825658171 or Lieutenant Colonel Tshililo at 0824146272.