Sandile Mantsoe escapedSandile Mantsoe-Image Source@imzansi

Mzansi was abuzz with apprehension as another prisoner Sandile Mantsoe was alleged to have escaped from prison. Social media platforms erupted with speculation and concern, with many fearing a repeat of Thabo Bester’s dramatic escape that had captured the nation’s attention not long ago.

Chilling Resemblance Sparks Panic in Braamfontein

Residents of Braamfontein, a bustling neighborhood in Johannesburg, were taken aback as reports began to circulate of a mysterious figure resembling Sandile Mantsoe. Mantsoe was sentenced to an effective 32 years in jail for the heinous murder of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena. He was found guilty of not only taking Mokoena’s life but also attempting to destroy evidence by burning her body.

Mantsoe’s notoriety extended beyond his murder conviction. He had also faced charges of defrauding government employees of at least R2 million by promising them high returns on their investments. As news of his alleged escape surfaced, many on Twitter drew parallels between Mantsoe’s situation and that of Thabo Bester, a South African criminal who managed to evade authorities for almost a year after faking his death in a prison cell fire in May 2022. Bester’s capture in Arusha, Tanzania, in April 2023 had garnered significant media attention.

Sandile Mantsoe escaped
Sandile Mantsoe-Image Source@imzansi

Correctional Services Department Sets the Record Straight

Amidst the social media frenzy, Singabakho Nxumalo, spokesperson for the correctional services department, moved swiftly to dispel the rumors. Nxumalo confirmed to News24 that Sandile Mantsoe was indeed behind bars, serving his sentence at Standerton Prison in Mpumalanga.

Mzansi Sounds Alarm as Another Prisoner Sandile Mantsoe Is Rumoured To Have Escaped from Prison (Image Credit: East Coast Radio)

“Sandile is in prison,” Nxumalo stated unequivocally, countering the claims that had caused panic among some residents of Johannesburg. He further cautioned against spreading misinformation, emphasizing the importance of dismissing baseless rumors to prevent them from gaining undue credibility.

“It has to be dismissed as misinformation,” Nxumalo urged the public, emphasizing the need for accuracy and restraint in disseminating news.



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