Thabo Bester prison escape

Here are our articles on the notorious prison escape on 3 May by convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester.

See also this timeline published on 3 April.

G4S in last-ditch bid to keep Mangaung Prison contract

Employees uncertain if they will still have jobs at the prison where Thabo Bester escaped


News | 27 July 2023

Court dismisses Dr Nandipha’s application for leave to appeal

Judge finds Nandipha’s appeal has no reasonable prospect for success


Brief | 18 July 2023

Thabo Bester escape: Dr Nandipha says she did not consent to her extradition

“She wanted to come home, she came home,” argues police advocate


News | 14 July 2023

Thabo Bester escape: state expects to call about 18 witnesses

Another accused is granted bail of R10,000

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News | 11 July 2023

Thabo Bester saga: Bail granted to three more accused

Judge rules they are not a flight risk and unlikely to interfere with witnesses


News | 6 July 2023

Thabo Bester escape: Court grants R10,000 bail to one of three suspended prison officers

Two other accused will return to court on 11 July for formal bail applications

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News | 3 July 2023

Three more G4S prison officials in court for aiding Thabo Bester’s escape

All 12 suspects are expected back in court in August for start of the main criminal trial

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Brief | 28 June 2023

Thabo Bester saga: State expects three more people to be arrested

Case postponed again for further investigation

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Brief | 20 June 2023

Ninth suspect in Thabo Bester escape appears in court

Zanda Moyo will join eight others in the criminal trial on 20 June


Brief | 13 June 2023

Judge rejects Dr Nandipha’s urgent bid for freedom

But the state made mistakes and almost lost the case


Law | 5 June 2023

Dr Nandipha’s court bid is “trial by ambush” argues state lawyer

Nandipha Magudumana claims she was “abducted” in Tanzania by South African authorities

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News | 1 June 2023

Magistrate denies bail to four accused in the Thabo Bester escape

The fifth applicant, Nastassja Jansen, was granted R10,000 bail

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Law | 29 May 2023

Dr Nandipha’s urgent court bid postponed. But does her case have merit?

Department of Home Affairs officially joins as a respondent

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Law | 26 May 2023

Thabo Bester saga: accused want bail so they can care for their children, lawyers argue

A decision in the bail application is expected on Monday

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News | 24 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: no reason for bail to be granted, says prosecutor

Lawyers for the accused say they won’t evade trial

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News | 23 May 2023

Motsoaledi rubbishes Dr Nandipha’s court bid to have her arrest in Tanzania declared “unlawful”

Thabo Bester finally added to Home Affairs’s data system after three decades as “an unidentifiable person”


News | 22 May 2023