Dr Nandipha Magudumana’s fate hangs by a thread

todayJune 1, 2023 121

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Disgraced celebrity doctor, Nandipha Magudumana, will find out on Monday morning whether her case against the state has been successful.
Magudumana is accusing government of abducting her from Tanzania alongside her lover, Thabo Bester.
During today’s court hearings, she relied on top international lawyer, Anton Katz, to clearly paint the picture as to why she should be released.
Advocate Katz argued that Magudumana’s deportation from Tanzania was a disguised extradition.
He stated that the agreement between the Tanzanian government and South African authorities amounts to a collusion.
The state’s legal team, however, responded with guns blazing – arguing that Magudumana’s founding affidavit is riddled with untruths.
The State also refuted claims that she was unlawfully arrested, saying Magudumana and Bester were arrested by Tanzanian police because they had entered that country illegally.
An argument the Home Affairs Department’s legal representative concurred with, saying the decision to deport Magudumana had been taken by Tanzanian authorities who wanted them out of the East African country in three days.
The couple fled to Tanzania after news of Bester having faked his death and escaped from prison went viral.
A decision on Magudumana’s bid for freedom will be delivered at the Bloemfontein High Court on Monday after weighing all options.
As the judge ponders over the decision, the State was brazen in its efforts to have her kept behind bars.
State legal representatives urged the court not to lose sight of the main reason why Magudumana found herself in the sticky situation she’s stuck in – in the first place, which has not only affected her life, but dozens of others, all because she allegedly conspired with a criminal.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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