- Dr Nandipha Magudumana, Thabo Bester's girlfriend, has been denied bail by the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court
- Magistrate Estelle De Lange said she believes that Magudumana is a flight risk
- South Africans have welcomed the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court's decision to keep her behind bars
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BLOEMFONTEIN - Thabo Bester's lover, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, appeared at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Monday, 11 September, to learn her fate.
Magudumana was arrested in Tanzania alongside Bester, who had escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Services facility with Dr Nandipha's help.
During proceedings, the magistrate first confirmed that Magudumana is facing Schedule 5 criminal offences, which means that she had the onus to prove that her release on bail was in the interest of justice.
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Dr Nandipha Magudumana denied bail
Magistrate Estelle De Lange found that Magudumana did not satisfy the court in proving that her release on bail was in the interest of justice.
She stated that Magudumana and Bester had no intention of returning to the country when they skipped the country.
The court added that Dr Nandipha did not give sufficient evidence to show that Bester kidnapped her as she claimed during her bail hearing, reports SABC News.
"The applicant is a flight risk and no bail conditions will assist. I find that she didn't satisfy the court that she be released on bail," said De Lange.
De Lange added that there is no evidence that Magudumana would not try to flee the country or try to help Bester escape from prison again.
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TimesLIVE reported that Magudumana will be remanded in custody and is expected to appear in court on 11 October.
South Africans celebrate outcome of Dr Nandipha's bail hearing
"Danko! She should stay behind bars."
"She messed up by not handing herself over to the police and by crossing the borders illegally, those two factors totally destroyed her today. #DrNandiphaMagudumana"
"She gave it away by being cozy cozy with Bester in court. The court registered that and it played against her. The arrogance she had was on another level... even coming singing in court today just shows she has no remorse instead of being humble. God is justice."
"UGirl was never gonna make it on this one... no evidence that she was kidnapped by Bester. Given bail, she was gonna plan a serious escape to another country, they were gonna find her again. Bo Nandi ke di gabadiya shem, she is dangerous this one."
Nandipha Magudumana prays in court on her birthday
Four months after her arrest in Tanzania, the disgraced doctor finally decided to apply for bail.
Magudumana appeared in the dock on Monday, 4 September, which was her birthday. She sported a new hairstyle and seemingly silently prayed while proceedings were ongoing.
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Source: Briefly News