Nkosinathi Sekeleni, disgraced doctor Nandipha Magudumana’s brother, has slammed reports that the woman who was seen in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court during his sister’s and father’s court appearance on Monday, 17 April, is his mother.
NKOSINATHI SEKELENI SAYS THEIR MUM IS ILL
An upset Nkosinathi told TimesLIVE that his mother is ill and she was not in court to support the celebrity doctor and her father, Zolile Sekeleni, who were arrested for aiding and abetting convicted rapist and killer Thabo Bester’s escape. Bester brazenly escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre on 3 May by faking his death in a fire.
“It’s upsetting to see people saying that my mother was in court. My mother is at home, she can’t travel long distances. The woman people are referring to is a relative of ours and not my mother.
“My family is going through a lot and this issue of my sister and father has affected her health badly,” said Nkosinathi.
According to the publication, Dr Nandipha’s legal representative, Adv Themba Diba, confirmed that the woman seen in court was not his client’s mother.
Nkosinathi exposed Dr Nandipha’s relationship with Bester in an explosive Facebook post in 2021.
DR NANDIPHA AND HER FATHER IN COURT
On Monday, Dr Nandipha, her father, a former G4S employee, Senohe Matsoara, and Integritron CCTV technician, Tebogo Lipholo, appeared in court. They all face charges of arson for the fire in Bester’s cell, defeating the administration of justice and fraud. They also face murder charges for the unknown man initially believed to be Bester, whose charred body was found in his prison cell.
After the court proceedings, Sekeleni was released R10 000 on bail. He will be back in court on 16 May. The state has also dropped charges of arson and murder against Sekeleni. He now only faces charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive, defeating the ends of justice and fraud.
Meanwhile, Lipholo — who has a previous stock theft conviction — and Matsoara were denied bail.
Magudumana was also denied bail. The disgraced doctor was remanded in custody on Thursday after being returned to South Africa with her partner Bester. She will remain in custody until 3 and 4 May, her next court appearance.
On Thursday, another G4S security guard, Motenyane Masukela, appeared in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court.
Bester appeared in the same court on Friday, 14 April, and his matter was postponed to 16 May. He is detained at the Kgosi Mampuru II C-Max prison in Pretoria.