Behind Bars, but Not Out of Danger: Thabo Bester Under 24-Hour Watch to Prevent Self-Harm
Arrested fugitive Thabo Bester has been placed under 24-hour watch to ensure he does not harm himself or be assaulted by other inmates.
Convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester and his girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, touched down in South Africa at 4 am after their capture in Tanzania on 7 April.
The duo were arrested with a Mozambican aide, Zakaria Alberto, after a spirited high-speed chase as they drove from Dar es Salaam to Arusha, which is 10 km from the Kenyan border up north. Interpol, Tanzanian cops and South Africa’s Crime Intelligence Unit found Bester and Dr Nandipha with multiple passports under different names.
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A team from South Africa brought the criminal lovebirds in a charter plane, and security details quickly whisked them away. Bester has been taken to Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria.
Earlier this morning, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and Police Minister, Bheki Cele, held a media briefing in Cape Town. There were concerns over why Bester was taken to a C-Max prison when he managed to escape from a maximum security facility.
National Commissioner of Correctional Services Makgothi Thobakgale said Kgosi Mampuru was the most suitable place to keep Bester for security reasons, ZiMoja reports:
“We are aware that Kgosi Mampuru is a C-Max, and initially, he was kept in a maximum prison. However, we have admitted him at Kgosi Mampuru because we considered the security plan moving him from where they landed to the nearest facility that has got all the security measures that will ensure that he doesn’t harm himself or be harmed by others and the most appropriate nearest facility was identified to be Kgosi Mampuru.
We need to manage contact around him, considering the type of offender that he is. We have placed him on 24/7 surveillance. He will be guarded by highly trained correctional services officials to make sure that we are able to attend to him first-hand.”