Disgraced Dr, Nandipha Magudumana, will spend the week of her 35th birthday behind bars after judgment in her bail application was reserved to next week Monday.
The medic spent the whole day listening to her legal team and the State while they made their closing arguments in her bid for freedom.
Magudumana’s formal bail application kicked off last week at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court.
She is seeking release pending the criminal trial where she is set to face a number of charges, including aiding and abetting a criminal escape from prison, as well as violation of a corpse.
The medic’s legal representative, Advocate Machini Motloung, has maintained that his client did not leave at her own accord for Tanzania with Facebook rapist and murderer Thabo Bester. He insists that Magudumana was not trying to evade justice.
The pair were in a relationship when they fled the country. They were arrested in Arusha in April.
Advocate Motloung has argued that Magudumana is presumed guilty until proven otherwise and therefore can’t be held in custody as a form of anticipatory punishment.
He has questioned the state’s intention in stating that his client has been smiling and showing affection to Bester during their last court appearance together last month.
Motloung says he doesn’t see what the mother two showing affection to Bester and her claims that he had forced her to flee to Tanzania with him had to do with her request for bail.
Advocate Motloung pleaded for her release saying, she wants to take care of her children, and can only afford to pay bail of R10 000
This despite the state last, week, revealing that medic had not made any attempts to speak to her two children since her return to the country.
State Prosecutor, Sello Matlhoko, advanced that Magudumana had a choice to open a case against the convicted rapist and killer.
“Now she finds herself arrested and applying for bail as a result of her actions of accused number five, and, your worship, you choose not to open a criminal case against this person?”
The famous doctor – along with 11 others – stand accused of assisting Bester escape from prison last year.
The State is opposing her bail application. The prosecution team believes that Magudumana is Bester’s accomplice.