Cape Town – Pictures of the extravagant lifestyle of the ex-G4S employee accused in the Thabo Bester escape case are circulating on social media following his court appearance on Tuesday.
Senohe Matsoara, 39, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court alongside Zolile Sekeleni, 65, in connection with Bester’s escape from Mangaung prison in May last year. Sekeleni is the father of Dr Nandipha Magudumana, Bester’s alleged accomplice.
The two men face charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice, fraud and arson.
The circulating pictures of the former G4S prison guard are from his social media platforms. In one of the pictures taken from Matsoara’s Facebook page, he can be seen enjoying steak and Moët dinners with a woman.
But the lavish lifestyle was fairly new to Matsoara, as he went from being a frustrated taxpayer and openly admitting to be a “stingy” man in 2021 to buying himself a VW T-Roc R-line reportedly valued at R650 000 just four months before Bester’s daring escape.
TimesLIVE reported that three independent sources claimed Matsoara was not supposed to be on duty on the night of Bester’s escape, yet he reported for the shift.
The report said according to the charge sheet, it was alleged that around 3 March 2022 Matsoara and Sekeleni killed an unknown man in or around Bloemfontein and used the body to help Bester escape prison in May.
Meanwhile, G4S has told a parliamentary portfolio committee that Matsoara failed to complete rounds and inspection and ignored warnings of smoke on the day of Bester’s escape, reported News24.
He was suspended and ultimately dismissed on 29 September 2022.
Police arrested him last week, the report said.
Matsoara and Sekeleni remain in custody until 17 April 2023 when they appear for bail proceedings.
Picture: Facebook/ Senohe Matsoara
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe