Nandipha Magudumana is the protagonist of a story that has impacted South Africa for weeks. This doctor fell in love with a prisonercalled Thabo Besterknown as the “Facebook rapist”, and fled together after leave a charred corpse in his cell to mislead the police. Both were caught and detained along with other accomplices and, these days, the woman appeared before a Bloemfontein court.
During Monday’s hearing, the 34-year-old woman asked for her release on bail, but did not discuss the facts. She only took off her mask when the judge asked her to. The case was adjourned and she was taken into custody.. From the moment the police admitted that Bester, the doctor’s lover, escaped from jail, he totally attracted the press.
For his part, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was “disturbed” by the case, as Nandipha went from being a prominent doctor to a fugitive. accused of complicity with a fugitive, murder, desecration of a corpse and fraud.
This woman was an example for young South Africans, as she showed her healthy lifestyle, her luxuries and photographs of several famous patients on networks. In addition, the mother of the family and separated since 2019 worked in a successful clinic specializing in skin care and aesthetic treatments in Sandton, in Johannesburg. All of that was left behind.
What happened to Bester and who were the other accomplices?
Thabo Bester was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for raping and robbing his victims., contacted by Facebook. According to reports, he came to kill one of them. Since then, he was detained until almost a year when he escaped from jail with the help of Nandipha. This information was only confirmed last month.
It was in May 2022 that a charred corpse was found in his cell and authorities claimed that Bester had been burned. However, in October, the research team of the GroundUp news agency highlighted their questions about the alleged death of the murderer. So DNA tests were carried out on the body. The results revealed that it was someone else and not Bester. The identity is still unknown.
Under the pressure of public opinion, the authorities had to proceed with the search after the strong suspicion of his escape.
Finally, Magudumana and Bester, who were heading to the Kenyan border, were arrested at the beginning of April in Arusha, in Tanzania, after a complex chase. However, they were not alone.
Four other people were captured after being linked to the lovers’ escape. Among the alleged accomplices was the doctor’s father, who was linked to the death of the man, whose body was found in the cell.
According to the police, they all had passports without stamps.
The couple were flown to South Africa by plane and taken into custody. The parliamentary investigation is still ongoing and there are accusations against the officials for the lack of controls in the prisons.
With information from AFP.