South African justice ministry has disclosed that all 68 prisoners that escaped from a jail near Cape Town have been recaptured.

According to a spokesperson in the ministry, this development was made possible as a result of a large-scale manhunt, Aljazeera reports.

Officials also revealed that, the prisoners, who were awaiting trial, escaped around noon from the facility, situated along the west coast some 66km (41 miles) from Cape Town.

Before the event unfolded, there were 451 inmates in the prison and 20 officials on duty, before the escapees opened other cells before fleeing across the main entrance and roof.

The department in a statement on Sunday revealed that, “The escapees overpowered officials, took the keys and locked three officials in a cell and opened other cells before escaping through the main entrance and over the roof.”

Meanwhile, well-known Anti-crime activist, Yusuf Abramjee circulated a video on social media which showed a number of men running from the prison grounds.