April 13, 2023

Notorious Thabo Bester Returns to South Africa

Thabo Bester, a convicted rapist and murderer, has been returned to South Africa with his celebrity girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana.

The two – who have been dubbed “South Africa’s Most Wanted Fugitives” – were flown on a specially chartered flight from Arusha, Tanzania to Lanseria Airport near Johannesburg, Gauteng in the early hours of Thursday morning, 13 April.

Bester has been dubbed as the “Facebook rapist” for using the social media platform to lure his victims into a false sense of security. In 2012, he was found guilty of raping and murdering his girlfriend of the time, model Nomfundo Tyhulu. The year before he had also been convicted of the same crimes against two other women.

Local authorities initially believed that Bester had died from a fire in his maximum-security prison cell at the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein, Free State in May 2022. However, an autopsy last month revealed that the body did not, in fact, belong to Bester.

Magudumana as well as two other people – including her father, Zolile Sekeleni and a suspended prison warden, Senohe Matsoara – have been charged with murder, arson and aiding and abetting Bester’s escape.

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