- Dr Nandipha Magudumana was caught on camera praying and singing to herself at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court
- South Africans speculated about her defence strategy, claiming she might want to plead insanity
- Despite a denied bail application due to being considered a flight risk, Magudumana remained seemingly unfazed and smiled after the ruling
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Magudumana has been behind bars for five months after being arrested in Tanzania alongside her lover, Thabo Bester, a murderer and sexual offender. The disgraced doctor is accused of helping Bester escape from the Mangaung Correctional Service facility in Bloemfontein.
South Africans speculate on Dr Nandipha's defence strategy
Since her appearance last week, Magudumana has seemingly decided to turn to God as she faces serious charges. Moments before learning that her bail application would be denied, Dr Nandipha was caught on camera bowing her head and praying.
Shortly after the prayer, she moved her lips and seemed to sing a song to soothe herself.
Magudumana's prayer had South Africans speculating that she might try to use the insanity plea to avoid jail time.
Dr Nandipha declared a flight risk
According to TimesLIVE, Magudumana was denied bail by magistrate Estelle de Lange, who said she was a flight risk and might attempt to flee the country or help her lover escape from prison again.
De Lange added that she could not impose any bail conditions that would ensure that Magudumana attends her trial because she knows how to leave the country without getting her passport stamped.
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Even after hearing that she was to remain behind bars, Magudumana did not seem fazed by the ruling and was still all smiles.
South Africans react to Dr Nandipha's courtroom behaviour
"Girl is guilty, she's even singing Nigerian gospel music"
"She’s giving Rosemary Ndlovu energy. The drama is drama-ing.
"Dr Nandi has been prompted to act as if she is reaching a psychological breakdown to be transferred to psychiatric for mental treatment to escape the jail time. Who’s going to trace her if she’s there serving jail time if Thabo Bester crawls out of jail not even running 10 miles."
"This woman needs to do some deep self-reflection. The way she lacks self-awareness and emotional maturity. So much for those women empowerment talks."
"One thing about scammers and criminals is they like praying..."
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Briefly News previously reported that convicted murderer and sexual offender Thabo Bester and his lover Dr Nandipha Magudumana are back in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court and, for the first time since their arrest, are sharing the dock.
It seemed like a happy reunion for the long-lost lovers as the couple exchanged longing looks, chatted, and laughed with one another.
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Source: Briefly News