Facebook rapist and murderer, Thabo Bester, has officially been issued with a South African ID and Birth Certificate after years of no identity and a year after faking his death.
Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, briefed the media on the latest developments in Bester’s prison break case on Monday.
The convicted murderer escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in May last year, after faking his own death in a fire.
It was later revealed that the body of the man who was found in Bester’s burning cell is that of 35-year-old Katlego Mpholo.
“Thabo Bester was issued with an identity card on the 17th of May 2023. His name has now been entered into the National Population Register, thus ending many years of his status as an unidentified person,” said Motsoaledi.
The Minister says he did also receive permission from Bester to show his ID card in public.
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Bester’s lover, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, will soon have her passport revoked.
The Home Affairs Minister says his department has obtained legal advise that there are strong legal grounds to nullify her passport.
“In Tanzania three passports were found in Dr Nandipha Magudumana’s possession, two of the passports belonged to Dr (Mmereki) Ntshani and one of the passports belonged to Magudumana and this is the passport we are revoking because she no longer deserves to have it.”
Government will also be challenging Dr Magudumana’s urgent application to declare her arrest in Tanzania, unlawful and invalid.
Magudumana, who is currently in police custody for allegedly aiding and abetting a prisoner escape unlawful custody, wants the state to furnish her with the extradition documents.
She says her arrest was as good as an abduction.
The matter will be heard in the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court on Thursday.
Apology to Dr Pashy
Minister Motsoaledi also used Monday’s media briefing to publicly apologise to celebrity doctor, Mmereka ‘Dr Pashy’ Ntshani and retract some of the statements he made regarding the medic.
“I accept that Dr Ntshani actually did not depose an affidavit when she applied for a passport in 2019 and that there were no conflicting versions about the issue of application.”
Pashy accused the Minister of alluding to false conclusions that she was involved in aiding Bester and Magudumana abscond.
The minister says he, however, will not apologise for announcing that Magudumana was found in possession of Dr Pashy’s two passports when she was arrested in Tanzania in April.
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza