Police have arrested five of the 20 prisoners who escaped after a group of men ambushed a police truck.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the prisoners were arrested in different areas in Gauteng on Wednesday.
He said two of them were arrested at a house in Soweto following a tip-off from residents.
Police have rearrested Simthembile Moni, Vincent Monwabisi Vandala, Rushden Katz, Sabelo Mbanjwa and Kingley Jooste.
Police are still searching for the remaining 15 prisoners.