Dubbed the ‘Fb rapist’, Bester sentenced to life in jail in 2012, escaped in Could 2022 after a suicide hoax.
A South African fugitive who faked his personal loss of life in a jail break that embarrassed the authorities has been extradited from Tanzania and returned to jail, the federal government mentioned on Thursday.
Thabo Bester, convicted of rape and homicide, escaped from a privately run jail in Bloemfontein in Could final yr – however South African police solely came upon final month and launched a manhunt.
Bester was believed to have died after setting himself on hearth behind bars, however in late March, police mentioned an post-mortem revealed that the individual discovered lifeless in his cell had died from blunt pressure trauma to the pinnacle earlier than being set ablaze.
A homicide investigation has been opened.
The case has sparked outrage in South Africa, the place girls’s rights teams have lengthy accused the federal government of not doing sufficient to sort out violence in opposition to girls.
Dubbed the “Fb rapist”, Bester – who was sentenced to life in jail for rape, theft and homicide in 2012 – lured victims on the social media platform earlier than raping and robbing them. He killed no less than one sufferer.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on Saturday introduced that Thabo Bester was arrested by Tanzanian authorities on Friday night time together with a girl with whom he’s reportedly romantically concerned, and a Mozambican confederate.
On Thursday, Lamola mentioned the pair had been extradited to South Africa.
“We will verify that these fugitives have been returned to South Africa” from Tanzania, Lamola advised a information convention in Cape City.
“Mr Thabo Bester has been readmitted into the Kgosi Mampuru central most correctional facility,” Lamola mentioned, thanking the Tanzanian authorities.
The girl was below arrest pending a court docket look afterward Thursday, he mentioned.
Bester and the lady landed at a privately owned airport north of Johannesburg within the early hours of Thursday morning.
The daddy of the lady was earlier this week charged with homicide in reference to the person discovered lifeless in Bester’s cell.