COPS are hunting for five awaiting trial prisoners who escaped after the truck transporting them was attacked near Sun City Prison on Monday.

The truck driver was shot but is reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.

The inmates were due to appear in the South Gauteng High Court.

Mike Dube and Sifiso Dlomo allegedly shot and killed Constable Frans Ledwaba in 2015 after he responded to a robbery at a Park Station bakery.

The two allegedly were among 10 suspects who fled in two vehicles.

Simphiwe Mutswane, Mxolisi Mazibuko and Mzwakhe Thabethe were awaiting trial for the 2015 murder of Warrant Officer Samuel Mchizana and Constable Solly Maluleke in Dobsonville, Soweto.

The sexual offences unit cops were doing a routine investigation when they were attacked and their firearms and dockets stolen.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said: “Police have urged anyone who may know their whereabouts to call their local police station or CrimeStop at 08600 10111.

“They are very dangerous and may be armed. People are warned not to confront them.”