Jacaranda FM employee relives moment he met Thabo Bester

Jacaranda FM employee relives moment he met Thabo Bester

In 2011, a Jacaranda FM employee met the convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester after he was called by 'Thomas Kelly Bester' to do a television gig...

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South Africans and the world have been talking about Thabo Bester ever since journalists from GroundUp first broke the news that the convicted murderer and rapist did not burn to death in Cell 35 after all, and that he was instead shopping at Sandton City with his girlfriend at the time, celebrity doctor, Dr Nandipha Magudumana. 

READ: Court dismisses Bester, Magudumana application against Showmax

Thabo Bester was the most searched person in South Africa on Google in 2023, with his co-accused, Dr Nandipha Magudumana, just behind in fourth place, as the whole country obsessed over Bester mania and the stormy tale of love, murder, deception, and corruption. 

Daily Maverick named them both, 'SA Villain of the Year.'

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The larger-than-life story of South Africa's most famous prison break is told in the Showmax documentary, 'Tracking Thabo Bester'

READ: Case against Thabo Bester, Magudumana postponed to June

The first episode follows GroundUp journalists Marecia Damons and Daniel Steyn as they investigate an anonymous tip-off that the burnt body at Mangaung Correctional Centre may not have been Bester. 

Damons and Steyn went on to break the jaw-dropping story and its biggest plot twists. 

READ: "Perfect Bonnie & Clyde story": Watch the trailer of 'Tracking Thabo Bester'

Subsequent episodes look at why Bester was called the 'Facebook Rapist', how a celebrity doctor fell for a convicted criminal and left her children behind to go on the run with him to Tanzania, and who really died in Cell 35. 

In the second episode, Jacaranda FM employee, Mathaba Khalanyane, revisits the moment he met Thabo Bester. 

"I met Thabo Bester in 2011 as an aspiring filmmaker. He signed me a bogus television gig. Little did I know it would cause me to lose a friendship and make me a suspect in the eyes of the police. He turned me into an enemy in the industry. Thabo Bester was charming, a sweet talker..."

Listen to his interview with Martin Bester below: 

*Free State High Court Acting Deputy Judge President Mhlambi postponed the pre-trial proceedings against convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester to June.

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