Here are the pricey items Thabo Bester claims were taken during his ...

8 Aug 2023
Thabo Bester

Rapist and murderer Thabo Bester has again accused the state of seizing items belonging to him, this time revising the sum down from billions to millions.

The prison escapee made a brief appearance in the Bloemfontein magistrate's court on Tuesday together with his girlfriend Dr Nandipha Magudumana and 10 other people linked to his escape from the Mangaung correctional centre in May last year.

It was the second time he physically appeared in the court. The first was shortly after his rearrest in Tanzania in April with Magudumana. He has mostly made virtual appearances from Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

Bester took full advantage of his physical appearance on Tuesday to steal a chat with his incarcerated girlfriend and her father, and to raise several issues in court.

The first related to his “inhumane” treatment at Kgosi Mampuru, where he claimed he was kept in his cell cuffed for 23 hours daily, and the second about the whereabouts of luxurious items that were taken from him at the time of his arrest including laptops, cellphones, jewellery and foreign currency. These are listed as:

a marriage ring worth R350,000;a Louis Vuitton laptop bag worth R51,000;an HP laptop worth R41,000;a Samsung Z4 cellphone worth R40,000;an iPhone 14 Pro Max worth R36,000;a Macbook Pro 16 worth R34,600;a Samsung S23 worth R32,000;an iPad 16 worth R18,000;a Macbook Air 16 worth R12,500;a Burberry card holder and sunglasses worth a combined R27,000;Tom Ford sunglasses worth R9,500; andwatches, including two Rolexes, worth more than R10m.
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