A group of awaiting trial prisoners escaped from Malmesbury prison on Friday afternoon. The group is said to have hijacked a vehicle and some escaped on foot.
In a video on social media, the prisoners can be seen running across the road and bringing traffic to a standstill.
Logan Maistry from Correctional Services told Weekend Argus most of the prisoners had now been arrested while a massive manhunt was under way to re-arrest the others.
The South African Police Service released a statement saying stations in Malmesbury and neighbouring police stations on the West Coast with officials from the Department of Correctional Services had launched an extensive search for the awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from the Malmesbury on Friday afternoon.
“The search party comprising detectives, which is on foot and in vehicles has already covered much ground with the re-arrest of several escapees.
“Members of the public are advised not to try to apprehend the escapees but to contact the following numbers with information,” said the statement.