Whistleblower in hiding after exposing “Facebook rapist” relationship with celebrity doctor
The person who exposed the relationship between convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester and celebrity doctor Nandipha Magudumana has reportedly gone into hiding after receiving numerous threatening phone calls. Nkosinathi Sekeleni blew the whistle on Bester last year, but recent media reports suggest that the convict is still alive after escaping from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein. As a result of the increased media coverage, Sekeleni has fled his home with his family.
The Department of Correctional Services confirmed that Bester had indeed escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre, and he was believed to have died in a fire that broke out in his cell in May. However, it has since emerged that the DNA of the body found in the cell did not match Bester’s. GroundUp has published reports linking Bester to Magudumana after the couple was spotted at a Woolworths in Sandton City two months after he escaped.
Whistleblower in hiding
The media coverage surrounding Bester’s escape has caused Sekeleni to flee his home with his wife and son. He has gone into hiding and is calling for protection from authorities. Sekeleni’s deleted Facebook post from a year ago has been making rounds on social media, and he has confirmed that Magudumana reported him to the police because of it. He made the post from his “hacked” Facebook account and later dropped the defamation case.
Popcru blames outsourcing for escape
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has placed blame on the Department of Correctional Services and G4S for Bester’s escape. According to the union, outsourcing has led to incidents of misconduct and abuse that are mainly “a consequence of the DCS having outsourced the functions of the state’s security to foreign-owned companies whose sole preoccupation is profit maximisation as opposed to the core mandate of rehabilitating inmates”.
Deputy Minister informed of escape
It has been revealed that Justice and Correctional Services Deputy Minister Phathekile Holomisa was informed by a prison warder, via email, that Bester had help when he escaped.
Bester and Magudumana flee luxury home
Bester and Magudumana are reported to have fled their rented R12m luxury home in Johannesburg, and it has been suggested that they have used five houses over the past nine months. They also spent money on new Porsches and wore luxury clothes despite being in arrears on their rent, which totalled R175,000 per month for all the properties.