Caught Between Crime and Compassion| State Reveals Dr. Nandipha’s Quest To Reunite With Her Children
The State has revealed that Dr. Nandipha Magudumana, who alleges that she was “abducted” by South African police in Tanzania, expressed her desire to return to South Africa to see her children.
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This was revealed following the celebrity doctor’s urgent court application alleging that her arrest was unlawful.
Dr. Magudumana, is accused of aiding her boyfriend Thabo Bester, the convicted killer responsible for her rape, in his escape from prison.
“[Magudumana] was never arrested, as stated, nor was she handcuffed at any point before or during the flight from Tanzania to the Republic of South Africa by the SAPS. [Magudumana] is being utterly untruthful with the allegations that she was blindfolded or abducted,” SAPS Brigadier Richard Abednego Shibiri has told the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein.
In a recent urgent application, Dr. Nandipha Magudumana asserted that she was unlawfully arrested and subjected to a “blindfolded” detention by South African police following her capture alongside Thabo Bester.
She argued that as a result, the ongoing criminal proceedings against her should be deemed invalid or lacking legal force.
Dr. Nandipha Magudumana, who is accused of aiding Thabo Bester in his attempt to fake his own death, will reportedly be represented by renowned international law advocate Anton Katz SC when she seeks immediate release on Thursday.
Despite the State’s firm stance that Magudumana’s application is based on deceitful misrepresentation, law enforcement authorities are said to be preparing a fresh warrant for her rearrest in the event that her application succeeds.
According to Shibiri, who echoes Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s earlier statement during a press conference, Magudumana and Bester were lawfully deported from Tanzania after their escape from the highly secure Mangaung Correctional Centre was officially confirmed.
According to News24, Shibiri also said Magudumana’s deportation occurred after she was declared “a prohibited immigrant” under the provisions of Tanzania’s Immigration Act.
Neither she nor Bester, who was travelling with a fake American passport, had legally crossed into Tanzania, the State alleges.