Cape Town – A Free State family await DNA tests to determine if one of the three bodies claimed from the state mortuary by Thabo Bester’s girlfriend and alleged accomplice, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, is that of their relative.
Bester was believed to have died after setting himself on fire behind bars, but in late March police said DNA tests revealed the charred remains found in his cell belonged to someone else.
Speaking on the alleged cover-up of the escape, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that Magudumana had said she claimed three bodies, one of which was confirmed to have been used in Bester’s escape.
“Police on this one, I don’t think they did any form of cover-up. There’s a story here, that the question of DNA was done by the police. The story again goes to say the honourable doctor, claimed three dead bodies – father, brother and customary husband. This (burned body in Bester’s cell) happened to be customary husband,” said Cele.
Over the weekend the burned body in Bester’s cell was identified as Katlego Mpholo leaving two more bodies unidentified.
However, a Free State family believes that one of the bodies is their relative, reported eNCA.
The report said Godfrey Letsotso, 66, was last seen by family in Kimberley when his sister dropped him off at a taxi headed to Bloemfontein.
The report said after allegations that Maguduma had claimed multiple bodies from the Bloemfontein state mortuary, the family contacted the police who then did DNA tests and took the family to view the bodies on 19 April,
The DNA results are yet to come back, the report said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe