Dr Nandipha Magudumana and Zolile Sekeleni

Dr Nandipha Magudumana and her father Zolile Cornelius Sekeleni. Image via @am_blujay

‘She’s singing like a canary’: Dr Nandipha says father is innocent

Disgraced Dr Nandipha Magudumana has reportedly told police to leave her father, Zolile Sekeleni, out of Thabo Bester’s escape.

Dr Nandipha Magudumana and Zolile Sekeleni

Dr Nandipha Magudumana and her father Zolile Cornelius Sekeleni. Image via @am_blujay

Arrested celebrity doctor Nandipha Magudumana has reportedly told the police that her father, Zolile Sikeleni, has nothing to do with Thabo Bester’s brazen escape.

According to Sunday World, a police source has revealed that Dr Magudumana is singing like a canary and her confession is the reason some of her father’s charges were dropped on Monday, 17 April.

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The police who visited Magudumana at Bizzah Makhate Female Prison in Kroonstad, reportedly told the publication that the dermatologist said that just the thought that her father could be involved in crime is both “unconvincing and far-fetched”.

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Magudumana allegedly confessed that the plan to deliver the dead boy (which has now been identified as Katlego Bereng Mpholo) was hatched by her and some of the prison officials who work for G4S — the multi-million rand company in charge of Mangaung Correctional Centre where Bester escaped from on 3 May last year.

In addition, Magudumana exonerated her father of the other two unidentified bodies she reportedly stole from the Free State mortuaries.

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Magudumana’s revelations, according to the police, are the reason her father’s charges of murder and arson were dropped when he appeared alongside her in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court for their bail proceedings last week.

Katlego Bereng thabo bester
A DNA match with his mother confirms the charred body found in Thabo Bester’s prison cell was that of Katlego Bereng. Image: Facebook/Katlego Bereng.

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Sekeleni was released on R10 000 bail. He will be back in court on 16 May. He now only faces charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive, defeating the ends of justice and fraud.

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Magudumana; a former G4S employee, Senohe Matsoara; and Integritron Integrated Solutions CCTV technician, Tebogo Lipholo, all face charges of arson for the fire in Bester’s cell, defeating the administration of justice and fraud. They also face murder charges for Katlego Bereng Mpholo whose charred body was found in his prison cell.

The trio was denied bail and remanded in custody until 3 and 4 May, their next court appearance. They will appear alongside another G4S employee, Motanyane John Masukela, who appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 20 April.

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Masukela faces charges of aiding an escape and defeating the ends of justice.