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South Africa police say jail escapee arrested in Tanzania

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A South African convicted assassin who faked his dying to flee from jail has been arrested in Tanzania following a two-week manhunt, police have introduced.

South African officers are to extradite Thabo Bester, 35, dubbed the “Fb Rapist” as he used the social media platform to lure at the very least two girls he was convicted of raping. He was additionally discovered responsible of killing one.

Bester was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 and it was reported in Might final 12 months that he died in a fireplace in his jail cell.

Nonetheless, studies surfaced of him being seen in Johannesburg and an investigation together with DNA samples confirmed that the physique discovered burned past recognition within the cell was not his.

Two weeks in the past police mentioned they had been chasing Bester and final week they raided an opulent dwelling he was believed to have been renting in a fancy Johannesburg suburb.

Bester was apprehended together with his girlfriend Nandipha Magudumana, a widely known movie star physician, and a Mozambican nationwide believed to have assisted them to cross borders and evade regulation enforcement authorities, officers introduced.

They had been discovered with a number of faux passports which had been unstamped on the time of their arrest, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Kenyan border.

Authorities have now began the method to extradite the fugitives again to South Africa, the place they’re anticipated to face a number of costs. “An official delegation from South Africa, comprising senior officers from the police and the division of justice and correctional providers will depart for Tanzania on Sunday,” Justice Minister Ronald Lamola mentioned Saturday, saying Bester’s arrest.

The South African information outlet GroundUp reported that for almost a 12 months after his jail escape Bester had lived a lavish life-style with Magudumana in Johannesburg’s upmarket Hyde Park suburb.

Whereas in jail, Bester used a laptop computer he had for research to run an occasion and manufacturing firm, GroundUp reported. At one level he addressed a convention from his jail cell, telling attendees that he was talking from the U.S., it reported.

Bester’s elaborate escape from jail has raised many questions on the attainable involvement of jail officers.

A minimum of three officers have been fired from the Mangaung Correctional Centre from the place Bester escaped, in accordance with native studies. The jail was managed privately by the British-based G4S safety agency. 

The South African authorities has now taken over administration of the utmost safety jail and has introduced that the G4S contract to handle the jail won’t be renewed when it expires in 202