On May 3, 2022, Bester—a convicted murderer and rapist—broke out of the maximum security facility administered by the global security corporation G4S. A male body that has not yet been recognized was taken into the cage and set on fire.
Thabo Bester’s partner Nandipha Magudumana’s father Zolile Sekeleni and a former prison warder named Senohe Matsoara appeared in court on Tuesday on accusations related to Bester’s escape from the Mangaung Correctional Center in May 2022.
Bester staged his own demise in a fire and broke out of the G4S-run Mangaung Maximum Security Prison in May of last year.
The accused accomplice, Magudumana, and the convicted rapist and killer were apprehended over the weekend in Arusha, Tanzania, and will be returned home.
GroundUp, understands that Matsoara, a G4S employee at the time, was on duty in Bester’s cell block on the night of Bester’s escape. He was suspended soon after the fire and dismissed in September 2022.
Nandipha Magudumana collected the body from the state morgue days after the escape, claiming to be Bester’s romantic partner. But the body was confiscated by police. Magudumana then approached the Pretoria High Court, claiming to be Bester’s customary law wife. She submitted an affidavit from her father as proof of lobola negotiations.
In Magudumana’s affidavit, she says that her father and an assistant went to collect the corpse from a morgue in Soweto on 13 May 2022.