Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana

Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana. Images via Instagram @drnandipha, Twitter @sihlemavuso

Thabo Bester ‘begged’ authorities in Tanzania not to kill him

Rapist and murderer Thabo Bester begged for his life to be spared when authorities in Tanzania arrested him and Dr Nandipha Magudumana.

Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana

Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana. Images via Instagram @drnandipha, Twitter @sihlemavuso

A source has revealed how convicted rapist and killer Thabo Bester and his partner-in-crime Dr Nandipha Magudumana feared for their lives when they were caught in Tanzania — The Citizen reports.

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The couple was arrested in the East African country near the Kenyan border on 7 April after fleeing from their Hyde Park rental home last month. After their arrest, it emerged that they were in possession of many fake passports.

At the time, the so-called Facebook rapist posed as an American citizen named William Tommy Kelly, whilst Magudumana assumed the identity of her friend and anaesthesiologist Mmereka Patience Martha Ntshani — affectionately known as Dr Pashy. Magudumana slightly tweaked Dr Pashy’s name to Martha Patience Mmerika Ntshini.

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According to a source, Bester begged the authorities in Tanzania not to kill him when they were nabbed.

“Police gave chase and the public transport vehicle was cornered ten kilometres out of Arusha [a city in Tanzania]. Police told them to get out of the vehicle and Bester said: ‘Don’t kill me’.

“Nandipha was wearing Islamic clothing and when the burka (head covering) was removed, she held her head in her hands and was crying,” the source was quoted as saying.

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Thabo Bester
Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana. Images via Twitter @chriseldalewis


Bester and Magudumana were brought back to South Africa on 13 April and have appeared in court on separate occasions. Their next court appearances are scheduled for 16 May — for Bester — and 3 and 4 May for Magudumana.

The celebrity doctor is facing charges of arson for the fire in Bester’s cell, aiding and abetting his escape, defeating the administration of justice, fraud, and the murder of the man whose charred body was found in Bester’s cell. At the weekend, police confirmed the body to be that of Katlego Bereng Mpholo.

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Four other people have been arrested in connection with Bester’s audacious escape; they include two former G4S employees, Senohe Matsoara and Motanyane John Masukela; an Integritron Integrated Solutions CCTV technician, Teboho Lipholo; and Magudumana’s father, Zolile Sekeleni.

While everyone who has been arrested so far remains behind bars, Sekeleni was granted R10 000 bail on 17 April. In addition, the arson and murder charges against him were dropped.

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According to a police source who spoke to Sunday World, Magudumana’s confession — that her father was not involved in Bester’s escape — played a role in the charges against him being dropped.

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The doctor is reportedly cooperating with the investigators and has allegedly taken responsibility for hatching the escape plan.

She is alleged to have exonerated her father of the crimes, saying he does not know Bester from a bar of soap. However, she reportedly revealed that she worked with G4S employees for Bester’s elaborate escape on 3 May.