- Dr Nandipha Magudumana’s bid to have her bail application given the green light was dismissed
- Magudumana appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court, where Judge Melissa Jordaan ruled that she was a flight risk and would not be given bail
- South Africans told Magudumana that it would be better if she stopped fighting and accepted her fate
Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.
Dr Nandipha Magudumana’s appeal to be released on bail has been dismissed. The Bloemfontein High Court found that the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court was right to deny her bail, and her appeal to be released was thrown out. South Africans told Magudumana to rest and stop trying so hard to avoid her punishment.
Judge rules against Magudumana
The acting judge, Melissa Jordaan, pointed out that Magudumana was the central character in Thabo Bester’s escape from Mangaung prison. Magudumana assisted Bester to escape prison, and the pair were caught in Tanzania less than a year after a cat-and-mouse chase between them and law enforcement.
According to SABC News, Jordaan believed that because she was arrested in another country where she did not have her passport, she was a flight risk.
Magudumana's applications dismissed
Jodaan added that the evidence that the state presented was enough to prove that she was a flight risk, despite her lawyer, Machini Motloung, arguing that the judge erred in saying that she wasn't going to come back to the country once she left it. This is not Magudumana's first appeal, as she appealed her arrest earlier this year and it was dismissed. Read @Chriseldalewis’s tweet here.
Netizens encourage her to rest
South Africans who commented on X pointed out that justice has been served. They also encouraged her to accept her fate.
“She will rot in jail.”
“She made her bed. It’s time to lie in it.”
“Rest, nono. Rest.”
“She must accept reality and wear the orange jumpsuit.”
“She’s now living in reality. No more Bonnie and Clyde delusion.”
All is well observed.,
“It was all fun and games when she made a mockery of our judiciary. Now reality is kicking in. Ziyakhala.”
Tebo Mabs exclaimed:
“Reality is starting to sink in. The power of underestimating the law.”
Swelani Lucky laughed.
“Yiz will think the South African Justice system doesn’t work until they come for you.”
Dr Nandipha Magudumana faints
Magudumana was said to appear in court for her bail application when she allegedly felt unwell.
Magudumana then reportedly passed out, but South Africans did not believe that she was sick and accused her of trying to evade justice.
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Source: Briefly News