THE THABO BESTER STORY, the Facebook rapist, the celebrity doctor and the escape from cell 35

: Damons (M.) & Steyn (D.)

R 290.00
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240pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2023


Thabo Bester (b. 1986) escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre after faking his death in a fire in his prison cell in May 2022. He was on the run for almost a year before being caught in disguise in Tanzania in April 2023, and was arrested along with his partner and alleged accomplice, celebrity doctor Nandipha Magudumana. Bester used Facebook to lure models with fake job opportunities. He pleaded guilty to two rapes and one murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Marecia Damons and Daniel Steyn won the 2023 Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity for their work on the Thabo Bester story. They are both journalists at GroundUp News.