Inmate escapes from Mamelodi hospital
The Department of Correctional Services is conducting a widespread search operation to locate and apprehend Clatta Gumbo, an offender who escaped on Monday.
Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said Gumbo – who is serving a life sentence for rape, kidnapping and assault – escaped from the grounds of Mamelodi Regional Hospital.
“He was escorted to the hospital for a consultation with a dietician when he attacked the guarding official, disarmed him and escaped from the hospital premises.
“Immediate action has been taken to initiate a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape,” Nxumalo said.
Members of the public are asked to report any sightings of the escaped convict.
“Correctional Services is appealing to anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the escapee to contact the nearest correctional facility or police station. Crucially, we encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.
“Public safety is our utmost priority and every effort is being made to effect the rearrest of Gumbo,” Nxumalo said. – SAnews.gov.za
Tue, 02/13/2024 – 09:29