G4S Thabo Bester

DCS has provided an update on Thabo Bester’s prison escape. Image: Twitter/@Abramjee.

Thabo Bester: G4S asks for protection prior to appearing before Parliamentary Committee

G4S has asked to be summoned after Easter to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee seeking accountability on the escape of Thabo Bester.

G4S Thabo Bester

DCS has provided an update on Thabo Bester’s prison escape. Image: Twitter/@Abramjee.

G4S Correction Services, the private security company responsible for the Mangaung Correctional Centre where convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester escaped has asked to be summoned to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services after the Easter holidays.

The committee met on Tuesday, 4 April


In a letter, the company said it should be summoned to attend a formal meeting under parliamentary privilege with the Portfolio Committee. However, to do so, it would need to be afforded the same protections which ordinarily would apply to those attending parliamentary committees, such as those stipulated under Section 16 of the Powers, Privileges, and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislature Act, 2004.

“In terms of Section 14 of the Privileges and Immunities Act, G4SCS SA respectfully requests that the Committee summons G4S, in particular Mrs Joseph Monyante and Gert Beyleveld, to attend a Portfolio Committee after the Easter recess to allow G4S sufficient time to prepare,” Cobus Groenewoud said.

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G4S Thabo Bester
The letter G4S wrote. Image: Twitter/@karynmaughan.

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Meanwhile, the Department of Correctional Services accused G4S of not cooperating in the investigation onto Thabo Bester’s escape.

This was revealed by DCS National Commissioner Makgothi Thobakgale during a briefing on Thursday, 30 March at the Grootvlei Correctional Centre in Mangaung.

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During the briefing Thobakgale said they were not getting the necessary information and cooperation they needed from G4S in order to be able to conduct an investigation.

The National Commissioner also revealed that DCS will immediately take over the management of the prison adding that this was a necessary remedy following this embarrassing incident, which has undermined the authority of the state.  

“The findings of the report into the escape pointed to the fact that the director of Mangaung prison had lost effective control of the facility,” he said.

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