The strange escape and breakout of high profile prisoners in Sun City.

They were part of a group among 20 prisoners being ferried to Johannesburg’s ‘Sun City’ prison after their court appearances. Police rearrested four of the 20 prisoners who made a daring escape on Tuesday afternoon in Johannesburg.

Police said the truck carrying the prisoners was ambushed near the Southgate train station by a group of rifle-wielding men.

The gunmen broke a lock and freed all the prisoners.

The prisoners face a variety of charges including murder, armed robbery, housebreaking, theft murder and drug possession.

One of the men had already been sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for armed robbery.

Police said they are following up a number of leads to find the other prisoners. They also appealed to anyone who may have information about the escapees to contact police.

*This is a developing story