Sleeping on duty?

A photo sent to the Middelburg Observer. The source claims that it was the Whatsapp profile picture of a guard at Paxton Correctional Services in eMalahleni.

The Middelburg Observer has been supplied with a photo of a guard sleeping on duty, allegedly because he was drinking the night before.

The photo, allegedly taken from a WhatsApp profile of a guard who works at Paxton, shows him in uniform sleeping on his arms.

His status update reads “Slpng on duty…maphuza thursday wonke lawa ”(sic) loosely translated to ‘Sleeping on duty … drinking on Thursday and all that’.

Two dangerous criminals, Mduduzi Nkosi and Linda Michael Cele recently escaped from Paxton.

Nkosi has been sentenced to two life imprisonment terms for murder, attempted murder and rape. Cele, together with co-accused Sibusiso Nicholas Ngcane (33), were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for robbery in July.

Both Cele and Ngcane escaped shortly after being sentenced in Middelburg by jumping over a wall whilst being transferred from the court holding cells to a truck to be transported back to prison.

They were recaptured in Shoshanguve in October.

Ngcane did not participate in the second escape from Paxton.

This was Nkosi’s fifth escape from custody. He has since been recaptured in Klarinet in eMalahleni. Cele is still on the loose.

• The Department of Correctional Services is currently investigating the matter and has promised feedback as soon as the investigation is complete.

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