The father of Katlego Bereng Mpholo – the man whose body was placed in Thabo Bester’s Magaung prison cell – is rejecting a police report about his son’s death.
Batho Bareng has even suggested that authorities are “lying.”
On Saturday, 22 April, the Gauteng man told eNCA that police confirmed that Katlego’s DNA matched a burnt body found in cell 35.
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In May 2022, Bester faked his death and escaped prison, allegedly with the help of co-conspirator Nandipha Magudumana.
The celebrity aesthetics doctor has been formally charged with murder due to “a number of bodies found.” She’s also facing charges of aiding and abetting Bester’s escape and violation of corpses and fraud, reports News24.
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THABO BESTER’S PRISON ESCAPE: BODY IDENTIFIED
Speaking to eNCA, Batho claimed he had filled in a missing persons docket in April 2022 after being unable to contact Katlego Bereng, who resided in Bloemfontein.
But he heard nothing until last week when police contacted the family about doing a DNA test on a body that had been found. After two DNA tests, police confirmed that a burnt body found at the Mangaung Correctional Centre matched that of Katlego.
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Police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe confirmed that the body had been positively identified and the family notified.
Mathe told News24: “As difficult as this news is, the SAPS is pleased to bring closure to the family.”
However, Batho accuses police of withholding information until the eleventh hour.
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He said: “They [police] said my son collapsed in town and had been taken to the hospital. When he got there, they discovered that he did not have enough blood. [After he died], they took him to the mortuary”.
He added: “How the body left the mortuary….we don’t know”.
‘I DON’T BELIEVE IT, I NEED THE TRUTH’
However, Batho was adamant that he did not believe an official report.
He continued: “They are giving us the perception that Katlego has been roaming the streets. I don’t believe; there is more to it”.
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Batho still does not know where Katlego’s body is. He continued: “My son was a soccer fanatic, so he didnt hang around anyone else who didnt love soccer.
“It’s mentally and spiritually draining. His mother can’t even talk. She’s in shock”.
Batho also disputed claims that Katlego knew Thabo Bester or Nandipha Magudumana.
He said: “How did Thabo Bester get hold of my son’s body? The family visited several mortuaries in Bloemfontein to look for him after reporting him missing.
“There was no sign of him…so why now? I need more information…I need the truth”.
Batho Bereng is hoping to speak to the police to get closure.
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