Thabo Bester will be calling Kgosi Mampuru’s C Max prison – a maximum security division found in Pretoria – home, for now. And according to authorities, the convicted rapist, murderer, and fraudster will be watched like a hawk while he’s there.
In May 2022, Thabo Bester faked his death and escaped the Magaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein. This, allegedly was done with the help of romantic partner Nandipha Magudumana.
Magaung – near Grootvlei – is the second-largest private prison in the world.
5 INMATES WHO ONCE CALLED KGOSI MAMPURU HOME
At some point during the prison sentence, these high-profile offenders once served time at Kgosi Mampuru.
Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius
“Dros Rapist” Nicholas Ninow
Chris Hani killer Janusz Walus
Serial rapist Ananias Mathe
Serial murderer Rosemary Ndlovu
THABO BESTER: NO POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER ESCAPE
Meanwhile, in a press briefing earlier this month, the police and correctional services departments revealed that Kgosi Mampuru would afford Thabo Bester the following:
- 24-hour surveillance
- Round-the-clock contact with “selected high trade correctional officers.”
- Assurance that Bester would not harm himself or others
Bester would also be transported in a police Nyala – a bullet-proof vehicle of maximum security.
When asked why the Kgosi Mampuru prison was chosen to be Bester’s new home behind bars, Correctional Services National Commissioner Makgothi Samuel Thobakgale said: “It was the most appropriate facility”.
He added: “We looked at the security plan…[They] have security measures to ensure that he doesn’t harm himself or that he is not harmed by any other person”.
“We chose to accommodate him at C-Max because of the intensity of the security and the contact we need to manage around him, given the type of offender he is”
Thobakgale added that the prison is occupied by “high-profile and high-risk offenders.” He continued: “We have not had any security breaches or incidents.”
WILL BESTER DO AN ANANIAS MATHE?
Meanwhile, social media users are pointing to news that Thabo Bester would be rehomed at the same facility as notorious convict Ananias Mathe.
Like Bester, Ananias escaped prison and went on the run. But the Mozambican national did not need a dead body or millions in his bank account to implement his plan. In 2006, Mathe smeared petroleum jelly and slid out of his cell window at Kgosi Mampuru C-Max, which measured just 20 x 30 cm.
Thobakgale insists that this won’t be the case again. According to KayaFM, he added in the briefing: “The prison was upgraded in the past five years, and he will never escape.”
Interestingly, some Twitter users have even pointed to wild theories that Mathe – a serial rapist – could be Bester’s biological father. This after Bester’s mother Maria Mabaso revealed that he had been conceived after she was raped by an unknown man.