Heartwarming Father-Daughter Bond Shines Through In Court As Dr. Nandipha’s Dad Comforts Her
There were mixed emotions in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Monday as Zolile Cornelius Sekeleni, Dr. Nandipha’s Father, moved many with his heartwarming gesture toward his daughter.
The 65-year-old father was caught on camera consoling his weeping daughter by patting her gently and assisting her in standing up and sitting down as the judge entered the courtroom.
Sekeleni’s actions towards his daughter have gained attention on social media, with many South Africans commending him for being an exceptional father, despite the accusations against her.
A Tragic Family Fair
Both individuals stood before the court for allegations associated with aiding Thabo Bester, a convicted rapist, and murderer, in his escape from the Mangaung Correctional Center, a maximum security prison, in May of last year.
While some have criticized Sekeleni for allegedly failing in his parental responsibilities, which led to the charges, others still view his conduct in court as that of a caring and supportive father.
Sekeleni was granted bail of R10,000, while his daughter, Dr. Nandipha Magudumana, remains in custody.
Dr. Nandipha’s father first appeared in court charged together with a former G4s employee Senohe Matsoara for murder regarding the charred body that was found in Bester’s cell.
The National Prosecuting Authority withdrew the murder charge against Sekeleni, leaving him with charges of defeating the ends of justice, aiding and abetting a prisoner to escape, and fraud in the Bester prison saga.
Twitter Weighs In On Dr. Nandipha’s Supportive Father
The video of Sekeleni’s tender actions towards his daughter has touched the hearts of many South Africans who have been grappling with the recent events in the country.
Some have praised it as a reminder that love and support still exist in the world, even in challenging times.
Watch the video below.
“What A Sweet Dad” – Dr. Nandipha’s dad warms hearts in court pic.twitter.com/4dvUaVmi79
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