Four awaiting-trial prisoners have escaped from the Siyabuswa police station, Mpumalanga police said on Sunday.

“They damaged the door of the holding cell and got into the exercise yard where they cut through the roof and escaped,” said Superintendent Abie Khoabane.

The escape was discovered during a routine check around 7pm on Saturday.

The four men are Levis Mohlala, 23, Calvin Sibiya, 31, Enoch Mabena, 22, and Welcome Molambo, 23. They were arrested for crimes including armed robbery, car hijacking, house-breaking and theft committed during the past three years.