Bongani Moyo, South Africa's most wanted, re-arrested

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Image caption, Bongani Moyo walked out of court with members of the public

One of South Africa's most wanted crime suspects has been re-arrested three weeks after walking out of a court.

Zimbabwean Bongani Moyo escaped on crutches as he was due to go on trial in Pretoria for his alleged role in 35 bank robberies.

He was detained in the Johannesburg suburb of Hillbrow after a tip-off, police say.

There was tight security for Monday's court appearance. He had already fled once after being arrested in May.

His lawyer abandoned a bail application, saying there was little prospect of success.

Mr Moyo, allegedly a gang leader, was first detained near the border with Zimbabwe after a nationwide manhunt.

On Sunday night, he was found travelling in a vehicle with two other Zimbabweans, said police Brigadier Neville Malila.

His escape from a Pretoria courtroom earlier this month caused a national furore in a country where the police are often accused of incompetence and corruption.

The prison service strongly criticised the police for letting him flee "under their noses".

Two judicial officers and two policemen have been suspended.

Instead of being kept in a holding cell, he was left to wait outside the courtroom alone and unshackled, police say.

Although he was on crutches, he was able to simply walk out of the building with members of the public.

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