FUGITIVE and convicted murderer-rapist Thabo Bester and his lover Nandipha Magudumana were spirited back into South Africa late on Wednesday night.
April 13, 2023
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The duo, along with a Mozambican national, were arrested over Easter en route from Arusha to the Kenyan border.
SA media investigations reveal that Bester and Magudumana, who have been on the run since fleeing their luxury R12m Hyde Park mansion in March, landed at Johannesburg's Lanseria Airport shortly after 10pm on a specially chartered flight.
Arusha's regional police commissioner told TimesLIVE on Wednesday night “All will be revealed tomorrow (Thursday)”.
On Wednesday SAPS police ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba announced that police minister, Bheki Cele, and justice minister, Ronald Lamola would on Thursday brief the country on Bester and Magudumana's deportation processes
Members of the South African Parliament earlier on Wednesday tore into G4S bosses who were summoned to account on how Bester escaped from the Mangaung prison last year.
The MPs accused the officials of being evasive, shifting blame to the police and not taking accountability for the embarrassing “Hollywood” style escape
Magudumana would not be searched prior to entering the prison, according to the insider said.
“She would bring Bester frozen food from Woolworths and meat packages and he would share some of them with fellow inmates. He had pork even though prisoners are not served pork,” he said.
“Any official who dared to search Nandipha would be victimised. One female officer, who insisted on searching her, is now facing a disciplinary hearing.” Bester was well protected inside the prison and had a lot of preferential treatment from officials.”
It also emerged that just four days before the grand escape, a vehicle was driven through the prison gate without a gate pass on April 29.
Bester escaped from the Mangaung facility after setting his cell on fire and staging his fake own death. The private prison was managed by G4S.
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Bester and Magudumana were arrested on Friday in Tanzania.
MPs accused G4S of being deliberately vague and not bringing enough information to the committee with DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach saying the report presented by the company was not worth the paper it was written on.
Breytenbach grilled Groenewoud for close to 50 minutes after another MP gave up his time to allow her to continue with her line of questioning.
Groenewoud said only three employees had been suspended after the incident.
“Are you honestly sitting here telling us that this escape of Hollywood proportions was done with the assistance of three people?” Breytenbach said responded by saying that Bester had the laptop because he was a student. - SowetoLive