FORMER G4S employee Nastassja Jansen, accused of aiding Thabo Bester to escape from prison last year, has broken her silence and pleaded her innocence.
May 30, 2023
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I’d never let a rapist walk free - woman accused of aiding Bester escape
Former G4S employee, Nastassja Jansen released on bail
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This after she was granted R10 000 bail by the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on Monday.
“I’m innocent. There’s no way that I would let a convicted rapist out of prison when I have daughters. My daughters believe me, they know my character. There’s no way I would even think of doing that,” she told SABC News.
Her co-accused, Senohe Matsoara, Teboho Lipholo, Buti Masukela and Tieho Frans Makhotsa, were denied bail by magistrate Mohlolo Khabisi.
Jansen is accused of opening the prison doors for Bester on the night of the escape at the Mangaung correctional services centre.
She said she only learned of the incident in August last year.
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“It was a big shock. I was told by one of the investigator that they did a DNA test and it shows it wasn’t Thabo Bester [who allegedly died in the cells].
“I don’t know anything, I didn’t even see an inmate running out. It’s really disappointing that I’ve been drawn into this thing, my family too, it’s painful,” she said.
“I believe I’ve been framed ... The people I work with — they know my character. I’m very strict when it comes to my work. It hurts a lot,” said Jansen. - TimesLive