UPDATE: Manhunt in Malmesbury after prisoners escape

Police and Correctional Services officials are searching for several awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Police and correctional services officials are searching for 8 awaiting-trial prisoners, who escaped in the Western Cape on Friday.

A group of detainees overpowered officials at the Malmesbury Remand Detention Facility, during exercise time at around noon.

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Correctional services say they took the prison officials' keys and locked three wardens in a cell.

They then opened several other cells, and 69 escaped through the main entrance and over the roof.

Police say 61 prisoners have been re-arrested.

The prison is now under lockdown.


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