Listen to this article South African Killer Thabo Bester Arrested In Tanzania For Faking Death
Authorities have arrested Thabo Bester, a well-known South African rapist and murderer who had escaped from prison by staging his own death, in Tanzania. Bester was on the run for a year after authorities believed he had died by setting himself on fire in his cell. However, a new post-mortem investigation revealed that the body wasn’t his, which prompted a manhunt that led to Bester’s arrest along with his girlfriend and another individual.
Bester’s Criminal History
Thabo Bester, popularly known as the “Facebook rapist,” had gained notoriety for using the social media platform to lure his victims. In 2012, he received a conviction for raping and murdering his model girlfriend, Nomfundo Tyhulu. He had previously received guilty verdicts for raping and robbing two other women. His heinous crimes had caused public outrage in South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of sexual assault globally.
Escape and Investigation
Reports from May stated that Bester had set himself on fire while in his cell at the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein and subsequently died. However, local media began to raise doubts about Bester’s death late last year. In March, police opened a new murder investigation after further tests revealed that the deceased was not Bester and that the unidentified person had died from blunt-force trauma to the head. This sparked a manhunt for Bester, who had been on the run for a year.
Capture in Tanzania
Authorities apprehended Bester, his girlfriend, and another suspect in Tanzania last Friday. Police believe that the trio was intending to flee into neighboring Kenya. They will extradite Bester to South Africa to stand trial for his crimes. The escape and subsequent capture of Bester have shed light on the lapses in the South African prison system and the role of security companies like G4S. Moreover, this incident has sparked a national debate on the effectiveness of prison security measures and the accountability of those responsible for managing them.
People have accused employees from the British-owned security company G4S of aiding Bester’s escape from the prison they were managing. The company responded by stating that they fired three employees who were involved in the incident. However, earlier this week, representatives of G4S failed to attend a meeting in parliament about Bester’s escape. The BBC has approached G4S for comment on the matter.
The capture of Thabo Bester has brought a sense of relief to South Africans, who were outraged by his escape. It also highlights the need for stricter prison security measures and better scrutiny of security companies operating within the prison system. Moreover, Bester’s extradition and trial will be an important step towards justice for his victims and will serve as a warning to other criminals who think they can escape the law.
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