Police Minister Bheki Cele has stated that the police will arrest more individuals for the escape of Facebook Rapist Thabo Bester from Mangaung prison in May of last year. The police will conduct a thorough investigation, as reported by IOL. Thus far, G4S employee Senohe Matsoara, CCTV operator Tebogo James Lipholo, and Zolile Sekeleni, the father of Dr Nandipha Magudumana, have been apprehended by the police.
Last week, MPs criticised the police’s top management for their lazy response to the Bester escape and slow investigations. In July last year, the police knew that the DNA of Bester’s mother, Maria Mabaso, did not match the body found in Cell 35. They claimed that Bester’s DNA samples, stored in the SAPS DNA database after his rape conviction in 2012, could not be found.
Correctional Services will deal with them once Bester and his accomplices go to jail. However, Cele noted that the investigation would have to go deeper, higher, and sideways. Many individuals will need to account for their involvement. With the appearance of four individuals before the court on Monday and Bester being the fifth, the police anticipate further arrests.
Sekeleni briefly appeared in court on Monday and was granted R10 000 bail with specific conditions. He must report to the Port Edward police station weekly, stay within the magisterial district of Port Edward, and avoid contacting the state witnesses. He will return to court on May 16. The court remanded Magudumana, Matsoara, and Lipholo in custody until their bail hearing, scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2023.
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