During a press conference held on Saturday, South Africa’s Justice and Police Ministers announced that Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana had been arrested in Tanzania the night before, along with a Mozambican national who was assisting them. As reported by The South African, the police found the fugitives with several passports, all with different names, and none included stamps. The police believed the three suspects to be headed towards the Tanzanian border en route to Kenya when Tanzanian authorities arrested them in the Arusha region, which is close to the Kenyan border.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola stated that Tanzania’s justice system is processing the fugitives. He is confident South Africa will receive maximum cooperation from the Tanzanian authorities. The South African police and the Department of Correctional Service are sending delegates to Tanzania on Sunday. Lamola believes it is probable that Tanzanian authorities will deport Bester and Magudumana to South Africa as they are in the country illegally.
Bester escaped from Mangaung Correctional Centre last year in May after faking his death in a cell fire. After his escape, he and Magudumana lived in a rented mansion in Sandton, where they operated Arum Properties. They scammed several people by accepting payment for construction projects they never completed. The property manager of the mansion stated that Magudumana was behind on the rent, and the mansion was empty days after news broke that Bester had escaped.
The Citizen recently published a video of a private investigator confronting Magudumana in January. After failing to meet repayment obligations, the investigator challenged her about allegedly driving a R1.35-million Mercedes Benz across the Zimbabwean border.
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