Date: April 13, 2023
Convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester, known as the “Facebook rapist,” has been sent to the maximum-security Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria. Bester was at large for a year after escaping South African prison by faking his own death and was recently arrested in Tanzania.
On May 3, 2022, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) reported that Thabo Bester had been found dead in his cell at the Mangaung private prison in Bloemfontein. A mattress had been set alight in the cell in which Bester had been isolated, and a body was beneath it, burned beyond recognition. However, Bester faked his death in a cell fire and escaped from prison in May 2022.
The police issued a press statement confirming the arrests of three people: Thabo Bester, his girlfriend Dr. Nandipha Magudumana, and Zakaria Alberto. Bester wore Muslim headwear when he was arrested in Tanzania.
While Thabo Bester has been sent to Kgosi Mampuru prison, Nandipha Magudumana will make her first court appearance in the Bloemfontein magistrate court. The outcome of Magudumana’s court appearance and her connection to Bester’s escape and subsequent arrest remain to be seen.