Five suspects who were expected to appear at the Roodepoort magistrate’s court have reportedly escaped.

Four were arrested as they tried to flee on foot on Tuesday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed the arrests of four suspects and said one is still at large.

According to police, the suspects were appearing for robbery and possession of an illegal firearm.

Four cash-in-transit suspects are also appearing in court, including former ANC employee Errol Velile Present.

Present was allegedly implicated in three cash-in-transit heists and is expected to apply for bail