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.

Katlego Bereng buried in Bloemfontein

Family still has many unanswered questions


Brief | 8 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: Friends remember Katlego Bereng

Bloemfontein Celtics supporters promise to protest outside court when the accused appear


News | 5 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: international spotlight on G4S

Canadian pension fund questioned on investment in prisons company

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News | 4 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: state says prison CCTV technician was offered R2.5-million bribe

Details emerge in court of state’s case against Bester and co-accused

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News | 3 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: did Nandipha Magudumana collect the same body from the same morgue twice?

Mystery deepens, inconsistencies accumulate, as police fail to answer questions

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News | 26 April 2023

Thabo Bester escape: Many unanswered questions about the death of Katlego Bereng

“We need to know how our son ended up dead and burnt in jail” says Bereng’s grandmother

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News | 25 April 2023

Court to hear arguments on prisoners’ computer rights

Documents were filed before the Thabo Bester revelations


Law | 25 April 2023

Thabo Bester escape: G4S guard in court

Motanyane John Masukela will be able to apply for bail on 3 and 4 May


News | 20 April 2023

Thabo Bester escape: POPCRU urges government to do away with private prisons

Bester saga is an embarrassment, says union president after visit to Mangaung Correctional Centre


Brief | 19 April 2023

Where were they? State failure and Thabo Bester

Thabo Bester has been arrested, nearly a year after escaping prison. Should the state be praised for prompt action?


Opinion | 17 April 2023

Thabo Bester saga: Police fail to collect evidence of Magudumana’s Bloem trips

Nandipha Magudumana used Bester’s alias to stay in luxury accommodation in Bloemfontein and Ballito in the weeks before he escaped

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News | 16 April 2023

Recaptured Thabo Bester returns to the courtroom

Bester charged with escaping from Mangaung prison


Brief | 14 April 2023

Why we investigated the Thabo Bester story

This was a story that was both immensely interesting and of immense public interest


GroundView | 14 April 2023

Thabo Bester escape: ministers and officials scramble to answer MPs’ questions

“I did everything I was supposed to do” says Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola

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Parliament | 14 April 2023

Nandipha Magudumana appears in court for first time

Bail application postponed until 17 April after Thabo Bester’s lover and alleged accomplice returned to South Africa


Brief | 13 April 2023