Serial rapist Ananias Mathe died of natural causes - correctional services dept 2016-12-28 James de Villiers, News 24
DA Celebrates the Death of SA’s Most Infamous Criminal, Ananias Mathe Post by Nedu December 28, 2016
Annanias Mathe (c. 1976 – December 27, 2016), sometimes spelt Ananias Mathe, was a notorious serial rapist and armed robber from Mozambique who achieved further notoriety in 2006 by being the only person to have ever escaped from the maximum high-security C-Max Penitentiary in Pretoria, South Africa.
Whilst being detained in the A6 ward of C-Max Penitentiary which houses dangerous and hardened criminals, Mathe managed to escape by smearing himself with petroleum jelly and sliding out of his cell window, measuring only 20 cm x 60 cm. This daring escape led the South African press to dub him 'Houdini'. Mathe had escaped from police custody before, previously in April 2005.
His last escape prompted a nationwide manhunt, the events of which were closely monitored by local media. He was re-arrested on 4 December 2006 (about two weeks after his escape), when he hijacked a car in the affluent Johannesburg suburb of Craighall. Unknown to Mathe, the vehicle was fitted with a satellite tracking device, which led police and private security companies to Mathe after a chase which saw him being shot three times in the leg and buttocks.