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Zimbabwean Man Linked to Thabo Bester Prison Break Arrested in Johannesburg

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Zimbabwean Man Linked to Thabo Bester Prison Break Arrested in Johannesburg

In a major development in the Thabo Bester prison escape case, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has made another arrest, bringing the total number of suspects apprehended to nine.

A 31-year-old Zimbabwean man was taken into custody on Sunday morning in Johannesburg, adding to the growing list of individuals allegedly involved in assisting Bester’s escape from the Mangaung Correctional Centre (MCC).

National police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe confirmed the arrest, stating that the suspect currently faces charges of assisting an inmate to escape from lawful custody. However, Mathe hinted that additional charges might be brought against the individual as the investigation progresses.

“At this stage, he faces a charge of assisting an inmate to escape from lawful custody. The suspect is likely to face more charges,” said Mathe.

According to The South African, the arrested suspect is scheduled to appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 13 June, to face the aforementioned charges.

Thabo Bester, a convicted serial rapist and murderer, managed to escape from the MCC in May 2022 by faking his death.

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The recent arrest comes after national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola expressed confidence in making further arrests in connection with the Bester escape. Masemola emphasized that the investigation is extensive and involves numerous individuals.

There are no other arrests. But we are still investigating the matter, and yes we expect there will be further arrests in the matter because there are quite a lot of people that are involved in this investigations. It is quite a wide investigation and we are busy with that,” said Masemola

While Nandipha Magudumana, Cornelius Sekeleni, Senohe Matsoara, Teboho Lipho, Tieho Frans Makhotsa, and Nastassja Jansen have already appeared in court as Bester’s alleged accomplices, Jansen and Sekeleni are currently out on bail. The accused are set to return to the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 25 June for further proceedings

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