According to the source, based on the travel documents that the couple was traveling with, Tanzanian authorities were unable to corroborate that the couple who was seized was Bester and Magudumana.
Thabo Bester and Dr. Nandipha Magudumana were detained in Tanzania on Friday night, according to a press conference that was hastily organized, frequently confusing, and short on details.
The security company G4S, which runs the prison where the suspect fled, neglected to show up for a legislative briefing on the breakout of rapist and murderer Bester from Mangaung Correctional Facility on Tuesday.
According to Groundup.org.za, Bester and Magudumana were arrested along with a Mozambican national who was assisting them. They were found in possession of several passports, with different names, and none of the passports had been stamped.
Police Minister Bheki Cele said that Tanzanian police had followed the fugitives as they were leaving their hotel in a black SUV. It is believed that they were on their way to crossing the Tanzanian border, presumably into Kenya.
They were found in the Arusha region of Tanzania – which is close to the Kenyan border.
“We have confirmed with all relevant authorities in Tanzania that the fugitives are being processed in the Tanzanian justice system,” Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said. “We are confident that we will receive maximum cooperation from our sister country Tanzania.”
Lamola said it is likely that Bester and Magudumana will be deported to South Africa as they are in Tanzania illegally. Delegates from the South African police and Department of Correctional Service will depart for Tanzania on Sunday.