Tshepi Vundla Criticized for Son’s Thabo Bester Controversial Joke
In a recently shared video, Tshepi Vundla’s son, Siba, made a light-hearted comment about his father’s initials, which coincidentally match those of convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester. Tshepi Vundla is married to rapper and producer JR, whose real name is Tabure Thabo Bogopa Junior.
Outrage on Social Media
The video drew strong criticism from social media users who found the joke inappropriate and insensitive considering the heinous crimes committed by Thabo Bester.
Surely I have the funniest kid 😂😅 pic.twitter.com/GCdoMEB2Hp
— Tshepi Vundla (@TshepiVundla) May 29, 2023
Thabo Bester’s Criminal History
Thabo Bester, also known as the “Facebook rapist,” was sentenced to life in prison in November 2012. He was convicted of murdering his then-girlfriend Nomfundo Tyhulu, as well as committing multiple rapes and robberies in various provinces. Bester’s actions have caused immense pain and suffering to numerous families, including the Tyhulu and Bereng families.
Impact on the Tyhulu and Bereng Families
The Tyhulu family lost their beloved daughter, Nomfundo Tyhulu, due to Bester’s violent actions. Additionally, Bester orchestrated an elaborate scheme involving the staged death of Katlego Bereng Mpholo, using his body to escape from the Mangaung Correctional Centre. This event deeply affected the grieving Bereng family.
Public Outrage and Criticism
Social media users voiced their disapproval of Tshepi Vundla’s decision to share the video, emphasizing the seriousness of Bester’s crimes and the pain inflicted on his victims’ families. Many criticized Vundla for failing to educate her child about the consequences of making light of such sensitive matters.
One Twitter user commented, “This is not funny. Grown adults allowing their kids to ‘joke’ about a rapist and murderer will never be funny!” Another tweet read, “Only a terrible mother who’s not teaching her child the implications of the things they say would find this funny.”
Reflecting on the Controversy
This incident serves as a reminder that jokes about criminal activities and those who have suffered as a result can perpetuate harm and pain. It is essential to exercise sensitivity and empathy when discussing such sensitive subjects, especially in public forums.