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Convicted rapist escapes from Mamelodi hospital

Authorities have launched a manhunt for a convicted rapist who escaped from custody this week.

In August 2018, Clatta Gumbo was sentenced to life in prison for rape, kidnapping, and assault.

He was serving his sentence at Tshwane’s Baviaanspoort Correctional Centre, but escaped from the Mamelodi Regional Hospital on Monday.

Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed Gumbo’s escape.

“He was escorted to the hospital for a consultation with a dietician when he attacked the guarding official, disarmed him, and escaped from the hospital premises.

“Correctional Services is appealing to anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Clatta Gumbo to contact a nearest correctional facility or a police station. Crucially, we encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities,” Nxumalo said.

-EWN

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