Cape Town – Dr Nandipha Magudumana, the alleged accomplice and girlfriend of convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester, has filed an urgent application with the Free State High Court to challenge the legality of her arrest in Tanzania and subsequent deportation to South Africa.
Magudumana was apprehended on April 7, 2023, alongside Bester, who had previously escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein.
Bester’s escape allegedly involved assistance from prison employees through a staged suicide.
Magudumana, who now faces charges of aiding and abetting a convicted criminal, seeks to have her arrest declared unlawful, the criminal charges against her nullified, and an immediate release from custody.
[DEVELOPING] #DrNandiphaMagudumana is headed to court and wants her arrest and ‘abduction’ in Tanzania declared ‘Wrongful & unlawful’
Matter to be heard in Free State High Court on Thursday, May 25th.#sabcnews pic.twitter.com/YbyAQ5zzJJ
— Chriselda Zozi Lewis (Babes Wendaba) (@Chriseldalewis) May 20, 2023
The case is scheduled to be heard by the high court in Bloemfontein on May 25th.
According to EWN, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson for the Free State, Phaladi Suping, expressed uncertainty regarding whether the NPA has filed responding papers in relation to the case.
According to Suping, the legal representative of Magudumana must submit their papers first, and then the NPA will respond accordingly.
“In an instance like this, the legal representative of Magudumana will first have to submit their papers and then NPA will be the ones responding, so whether they have filed responding papers I am not sure,” the report quoted Suping as saying.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu