Thabo Bester: Dr Nandipha Magudumana’s Glow-Up Behind Bars Explained by Department of Correctional Services

Thabo Bester: Dr Nandipha Magudumana’s Glow-Up Behind Bars Explained by Department of Correctional Services

  • Dr Nandipha Magudumana's recent court looks have been making waves across Mzansi
  • SA has been wandering how an inmate can have access to hair, nail and makeup services while in jail
  • The Department of Correctional Services revealed that inmates who have not been sentenced have access to beauty salons in prison

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BLOEMFONTEIN - Disgraced celebrity doctor Dr Nandipha Magudumana has been turning heads with how good she looks for someone in jail.

Dr Nandipha Magudumana's glammed up appearance in court raises eyebrows
The Department of Correctional Services explained why Dr Nandipha had access to hair stylists and make-up while in jail. Image: @AdvoBarryRoux/Twitter and Getty Images
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Dr Nandipha's glammed-up appearance raises eyebrows

In contrast to her first court appearances where she insisted on wearing masks to conceal her face, Dr Nandipha now boldly shows off her appearance with nails, hair and makeup freshly done.

Dr Nandipha's prison glow-up has raised eyebrows, with many questioning how a prison inmate can access beauty services while behind bars.

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Correctional Services Department reveals unsentenced inmates have access to beauty salon services

According to the Department of Correctional Services, the reason for Dr Nandipha's prison glow-up is that because she has not been sentenced yet, Nandipha has access to beauty salon services in the prison.

Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said that the hair salon services, which inmates run, form part of in-jail training programmes, SABC News reported

They aim to help inmates acquire skills to make them employable when released.

The department also addressed the ring Dr Nandipha was seen wearing during one of her first appearances.

The department said that inmates categorised as A-group maximum and medium/minimum are allowed to wear watches, wedding rings, bands and other jewellery for religious purposes, TimesLIVE reported.

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South Africans believe Dr Nandipha's prison glow-up isn't unusual

Below are some reactions:

Ziziman Mdleleni said:

"It's like asking how people dress in suits to attend court while behind bars and forget that they are humans and should be treated humanly."

K Lite K Lite quipped

"Let her glow in the cell."

Alexandria Ntokozo Nxumalo commented:

"The issue of whether she puts makeup or not is neither here nor there, neglecting yourself will not help in mitigating the sentence if found guilty, so why not glow."

Thengile Malotane added:

"She is not a prisoner yet and she uses her toiletries."

Eliot Johannes Mokoena pointed out:

"Jails have salons for those studying hairdressing. They are the ones who cut hair and do make-up as well. Why don't they ask who cut hair and beards for all male criminals?"

Boyze Mabaso speculated:

"She's well-connected, Bester mentioned in the clip. I'm sure she stays at the isolated guest house, not in the cells!"

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Thabo Bester escape case: Court hears how former G4S employee moved Katlego Mpholo’s corpse into Bester’s cell

In another story, Briefly News reported that the five people accused of helping Thabo Bester escape jail are back in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court and a state witness is making some telling revelations.

The witness, who cannot be identified, detailed how former G4S warder Senohe Matsoara got Katlego Mpholo's corpse into the Mangaung Correctional Centre.

The witness revealed that after Dr Nandipha Magudumana illegally claimed the body from National Hospital in Bloemfontein, Matsora drove it into the prison on 29 April 2022.

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