Pic|Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi Shares Thabo Bester's ID Revealed 

Pic|Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi Shares Thabo Bester’s ID 

According to an official statement by Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Thabo Bester was granted a birth certificate and an ID document while he was serving time at Kgosi Mampuru prison.

During his incarceration, the convicted criminal, who is presently being charged with escape, successfully evaded registration in the system until recently. Throughout his involvement in criminal activities, including rape, murder, and fraud, he assumed various aliases.


During a media briefing, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi presented copies of Thabo Bester’s documents, which included his birth certificate and ID document.

The South African reports that minister informed the public that Bester had given permission for the documents to be shown in the public domain.


It has been discovered that Thabo Bester’s mother, Maria Mabaso, did not register his birth with the Department of Home Affairs after he was born in 1986.

Furthermore, Bester himself neglected to apply for an identity document after reaching the age of 18.

Upon his arrest in April, National Police General Fannie Masemola confirmed that Bester’s identity was established through his fingerprints.


To safeguard Thabo Bester’s identity, the Home Affairs Minister explained that a portion of his ID number had been deliberately obscured or blurred. This measure was taken to ensure privacy and prevent potential misuse of his personal information.

He said:

“For security reasons, we obliterated some numbers here. …

“Because it identifies a person, and we do not think it is fair to show anybody’s identity number in public.”

Thabo Bester’s identity has been questioned with some people arguing that the man who is currently incarcerated at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria might be an imposter.

In response to the inquiry, the Home Affairs Minister has provided additional information, stating that DNA tests were carried out when Bester was apprehended.

The minister affirmed that the individual currently held at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria is indeed the authentic Thabo Bester.


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