1 of the 5 Zimbabwean rhino poachers recaptured after escaping South African prison

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Simba Masinge, who escaped with six other men from the Makhanda prison was recaptured on Wednesday night by police in the Eastern Cape.

Masinge was allegedly caught by the police and correctional service officers while hiding in a bush near a farming area close to the Makhanda Waainek Correctional Centre.

Masinge is a Zimbabwean citizen who was convicted of rhinoceros poaching and is awaiting sentencing on November 4, 2022.

He is the second of the gang to be captured after the six men used a hacksaw to break out of jail

The five other Zimbabwean prisoners who escaped have been named as Simba Masinga, Trymore Chauke, Nhamo Muyambo, Abraham Moyane and Francis Chitiyo.

“Police are warning the community that these prisoners are dangerous and should not be approached, instead police must be contacted. We are also urging communities not to protect these criminals as they will be committing an offense if found to be aiding and abetting them,” said Eastern Cape police spokesperson Majola.

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