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Thabo Bester co-accused appear in court for bail application. Image: Becker Semela/GroundUp.

Thabo Bester: Bail application for co-accused postponed to 23 May

Bail application for the five former G4S employees co-accused in the Thabo Bester prison escape saga has been postponed to next week Tuesday.

Thabo Bester G4S employees

Thabo Bester co-accused appear in court for bail application. Image: Becker Semela/GroundUp.

The five co-accused in the infamous Thabo Bester prison escape saga continued their bail application in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Bail application postponed to Tuesday for closing arguments

The bail application for the former G4S employees has been postponed to Tuesday, 23 May for the defendants representative to present their closing arguments.

The five co-accused are all former G4S employees who allegedly aided and abetted Thabo Bester in his escape from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in May 2022 after a staged fire inside Bester’s cell at the prison.

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Senohe Motsoara, Teboho Lipholo, Matanyane Masukela, Tieho Makhotsa, and Nastassja Jansen sat listening attentively in the dock as proceedings continue

Still on the witness stand, investigating officer Tieho Jobo Flynman previously detailed how the five former employees were roped in for their different roles and expertise to help pull off the successful prison escape.

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Accused 8, Natasha Jansen in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. Picture: Timothy Bernard African News Agency

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Detailing the involvement of the accused in Thabo Bester’s escape

Evidence presented before the court believes that Motsoara is the one who transported the corpse of Katlego Bareng from Pretoria to Bloemfontein.

According to reports, it is believed that Bareng reportedly collapsed at a Pretoria taxi rank and died in hospital following a seizure.

His body was only recently identified to be the burnt remains found in Thabo Bester’s cell.

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The five former G4S employees face an array of charges, including fraud and corruption, as well as those relating to violating a corpse, harbouring and concealing an escaped offender and defeating the ends of justice.

They previously indicated they intended pleading not guilty to the charges brought against them by the State.

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