Hunt for Mathe still on

Date: 22 Nov 2006
The hunt is still on for the suspected murderer and rapist Ananias Mathe, who escaped from the C-Max prison on Saturday night. Govinsamy Mariemuthoo of the Gauteng police said: “We are still following leads, but confident we’ll have Mathe back behind bars.” Mariemuthoo did not want to comment on where investigators were looking for Mathe. Former prisoner Golden Miles Bhudu, of the South African Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights, says he does not believe Mathe would have escaped to Mozambique, his home country, even though he has been on foot for five days now. “He knows they’ll be waiting for him there,” says Bhudu. “No matter where he goes, he has already signed his death warrant. I think he will be arrested very soon.” Meanwhile Correctional Services is continuing its probe to determine who helped Mathe escape. The Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour has said there is not way Mathe could have escaped without “some collusion” with prison guards. Opposition parties have called for action and specifically for the head of C-Max to be suspended. Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula at a National Community Police Forum meeting in Midrand yesterday was confident police would recapture Mathe. “We are going to get him.” It took the police nine months to recapture Mathe, who escaped from police custody for the first time in 2005. By Christell du Toit The Citizen 22/11/06