Convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester is expected to appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court this morning, Friday, 14 April 2023. This follows his rearrest by SAPS two days ago.

Bester was serving a life sentence imprisonment at the time of his escape.

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He at this stage faces a charge of escaping from lawful custody, defeating the ends of justice, violation of a dead body and fraud.

The Thabo Bester court proceedings are expected to start at 11:00.

Thabo Bester to appear in court on Friday morning
Dr Nandipha Magudumana


Meanwhile, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, the partner of convicted rapist Bester, made her first appearance in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on Thursday.

She faces charges of murder and also aiding and abetting. Her case has been postponed to 17 April for a possible bail application.

Magudumana and Bester were brought in from Tanzania, where the pair was arrested last Friday.

“The charges Magudumana will be facing is the aiding and abetting the escape [of Thabo Bester]. She will also be facing murder for a number of bodies that we did find in her possession. Also, violation of bodies and also fraud charges.” said National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola.