Tanzania has deported one of South Africa’s most-wanted fugitives, the rapist and murderer Thabo Bester, who faked his death in prison and fled to the East African state.

Bester was flown to South Africa in a specially chartered plane, following his arrest in Tanzania last week.

His girlfriend, celebrity doctor Nandipha Magudumana, who was arrested with him, has also been deported.

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Her father has been charged with helping Bester escape from prison.

Bester was at large for a year after it was thought he died by setting himself on fire in his prison cell in the South African city of Bloemfontein.

A manhunt was launched last month after a new post-mortem investigation revealed the body was not actually his.

The celebrity doctor’s father, Zolile Sekeleni, and a suspended prison warden, Senohe Matsoara, have been charged with murder, arson, and aiding and abetting Bester’s escape.

The two men appeared in a magistrate’s court in Bloemfontein earlier this week.

They were not asked to plead, and no further details were given of the charges.


The case was postponed to 17 April for a possible bail application.

Two other people have also been arrested in connection with Bester’s escape, but they have not yet been formally charged.

Bester has been taken to a high-security prison in the capital, Pretoria, while his girlfriend has been taken to court in Bloemfontein.

She will be charged with murder, fraud, and helping Bester escape, police said.

Bester is also expected to face fresh charges following his shocking prison break.

He is known as the “Facebook rapist” for using social networking site to lure his victims.

He was convicted in 2012 for the rape and murder of his model girlfriend Nomfundo Tyhulu.

A year earlier, he was found guilty of raping and robbing two other women.

Bester’s escape sparked outrage in South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.



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