South African Officials in Tanzania to Oversee Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha's Return, Mzansi Has Doubts

South African Officials in Tanzania to Oversee Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha's Return, Mzansi Has Doubts

  • Thabo Bester, his girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, and a third accomplice will have to answer to their crimes in South Africa soon
  • Bester, a prisoner who sensationally escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre, was recaptured in Tanzania
  • Some South Africans doubt Bester will be brought back to the country and believe he's escaped SA for good

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JOHANNESBURG - Escaped prisoner Thabo Bester and his girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, will hopefully be returned to South Africa soon.

Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha to return to South Africa
Thabo Bester will soon be brought back to South Africa to face his crimes alongside his girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana. Images: @AdvoBarryRoux
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The couple was arrested in Tanzania alongside a Mozambican national, Zacharia Alberto, on Friday, 7 April, en route to Kenya.

Bester was on the run with the help of his girlfriend after escaping from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein by faking his death and leaving another body in his place.

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Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha in Tanzania illegally

According to EWN, Bester and his girlfriend's passports had no stamps in them when they were found. This means that they had supposedly crossed no official borders, or had done so with other passports, and must certainly have been in possession of fake documents.

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Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola stated in a press conference that since Bester and Dr Nandipha are in Tanzania illegally, they will most likely be deported.

Lamola added that when Bester returns to the country, he will be charged for his escape, among other charges, and continue to serve his original sentence.

South African officials working on getting Thabo Bester back in the country

According to SABC News, South African officials are negotiating with Tanzanian officials for Bester's return.

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The delegation overseeing that Bester, Dr Nandipha and Alberto are returned to South Africa includes SAPS legal representatives, an investigation team looking into Bester's escape, an NPA representative, the Free State head of detectives and Deputy National Police Commissioner Lt Gen Tebello Mosikili.

Interpol is also part of the team assisting South African officials.

@callmesello2 said:

"How long will that process take? He might disappear for good this time."

@coccoangelucci said:

"Are we sure that they will get the paperwork in order this time? Otherwise, they can seek Guptas' assistance to fill up the forms before submitting them to the Tanzanian authorities."

@BukhaleWelly said:

"He will escape again."

@TKwazi said:

"When does the Thabo Bester delegation return? We'd like to see the frog march from the plane. @RonaldLamola @CyrilRamaphosa @SAPoliceService #ThaboBester"

@SGrongqo said:

"Thabo Bester's saga has invoked thoughts and questions about the unsolved crimes in SA. Who is committing these crimes? Is it possible that criminals are released during the night to kill people? And return back to prison."

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Briefly News previously reported that South Africans know how to find humour in serious situations, and Thabo Bester's arrest is the latest challenge citizens are participating in.

Bester, a convicted sex offender and murderer, was arrested alongside his girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, and a Mozambican national in Tanzania on Friday, 7 April, according to News24.

The three were allegedly beaten up by Tanzanian police for resisting arrest.

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