Thabo Bester Nandipha Magudumana

Thabo Bester and his accomplice girlfriend Dr Nandipha Magudumana. Images via Twiiter: @sihlemavuso, Instagram: @drnandipha

US couple? Thabo Bester, Dr Nandipha’s new names in Tanzania

Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana had fake passports linking them to America when they were arrested near the Kenyan border.

Thabo Bester Nandipha Magudumana

Thabo Bester and his accomplice girlfriend Dr Nandipha Magudumana. Images via Twiiter: @sihlemavuso, Instagram: @drnandipha

When convicted rapist and murder Thabo Bester and his girlfriend or “customary law wife” Dr Nandipha Magudumana were apprehended in Tanzania on Friday, 7 April, they had fake identity documents with new names, City Press reports.

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Bester — who is best known as the “Facebook rapist”— had reportedly assumed an American identity, calling himself Tommy William Kelly. Meanwhile, his celebrity doctor partner called herself Martha Patience Mmerika Nitshini.

While this may have been Magudumana’s first known alias, the convicted rapist and murder has assumed over 14 identities in the past. IOL reports that his other names included Thomas Bester, Tom Bester, Thabo Tom Bester, Tom Kelly, Thomas Kelly Bester, Thomas Berter, TK, Thomas Kelly Young, Kelly Young, Thomas Magagula, Thabo Magagula, Kelly Johnstone, Rufus Mahopo and Tom Rufus Reddy. His most recent alias was Tom Katlego Motsepe Nkwana aka TK Nkwana.

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Dr Nandi and Thabo Bester. Images via Twitter: @abramjee, @am_blujay


Although arrested on Friday in Tanzania, Bester and Magudumana’s arrest came to light on Saturday afternoon.

During a media briefing in Pretoria, Gauteng, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that the couple was arrested along with a Mozambican national by police in Tanzania.

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According to Cele, the trio — who were in the west African country illegally — were caught 10 kilometres away from the Kenyan border with multiple fake passports.

“He was in a black SUV, three of them. They were stopped…by the police of Tanzania,” Cele said.

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Lamola said that a South African delegation as well as South African Police Services (SAPS) would leave for Tanzania on Sunday to ensure the couple is brought back home.

“We are confident that, indeed, the good mutual working relations we have with Tanzania will enable us to ensure that all the fugitives South Africa is looking for… can be brought back to South Africa as speedily as possible,” Lamola said.