Police have rearrested two of the six inmates sprung free on Friday by an armed gang that ambushed the van that was taking them to a court in Boksburg, on the East Rand.
The escapees, who are from Zimbabwe, face serious charges including attempted murder and business robbery.
Police said fugitives Nkululeko Nkomo and Robert Hlatshwayo were rearrested hours later.
Another person was arrested on suspicion of participating in the ambush.
Provincial Commissioner of Police in Gauteng Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the swift apprehension of two fugitives.
Lieutenant General Mawela said a task team was established immediately after the six escaped en route to a Vosloorus court in Boksburg.
“Yesterday evening, the team made a breakthrough when they rearrested Nkomo and Hlatswayo in Olivenhoutbosch, at a filling station, corner of Summit Road and R55,” said Lieutenant General Mawela.
“The third suspect was also arrested and he will be charged with aiding and abetting.”
The provincial commissioner thanked the public for all the tip-offs police have been receiving on the whereabouts of the fugitives.
“The public as our eyes and ears in the communities is playing a vital role in the fight against crime,” said Lieutenant General Mawela.
“Your tip-offs are all assessed and followed up to ensure that we do not leave any stone unturned in our quest to bring all the escapees back to prison.”
The manhunt for the remaining four escapees continues.