Anticipation Builds: Will Doctor Nandipha Magudumana be Released On Bail Today?
The Bloemfontein magistrate’s court is set to deliver the highly-anticipated verdict that will determine whether the controversial figure, Doctor Nandipha Magudumana, is granted bail or remains in custody. The ruling is expected to take place on Monday, September 11, as reported by EWN.
Months Behind Bars
Doctor Nandipha Magudumana has been incarcerated for several months following her arrest in Tanzania alongside her partner, Thabo Bester, who is both a rapist and a murderer. This high-profile couple fled South Africa after Bester’s daring escape from the maximum security Mangaung Correctional Centre. His escape involved staging his own death by igniting a fire in his prison cell and substituting the lifeless body of Katlego Bereng in his place.
Co-Accused Granted Bail
Nine individuals connected to Bester’s intricate prison escape have already been granted bail by various courts, as reported by TimesLIVE.
In contrast, Magudumana had previously abandoned her bail application and instead initiated legal proceedings to challenge the lawfulness of her arrest. Her efforts, however, proved unsuccessful when the Free State High Court dismissed her claims. Among her arguments was the assertion that she had been coerced by Bester to leave the country, but the court dismissed these claims after observing her interactions with him in the courtroom.
Charges Faced by Dr. Nandipha Magudumana
Dr. Nandipha Magudumana faces a slew of serious charges, including fraud, corruption, violating a corpse, defeating the ends of justice, aiding and abetting an inmate to escape from lawful custody, concealing an escaped offender, and arson, as reported by IOL.
Legal Defense’s Argument
During her most recent court appearance, it was revealed that she was willing to pay R10,000 for her bail. Her lawyer, Machini Motloung, argued that Magudumana should be granted bail, asserting that she is not a flight risk due to her strong ties to the country, including family and occupational connections, as reported by SABC.