South Africa’s ‘Facebook rapist’ deported from Tanzania

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.

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.

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