Articles for Becker Semela

Thabo Bester and Nandipha Magudumana allege inhumane treatment while in custody

Bester says possessions, which he claims are worth R40-million, were confiscated during his arrest

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Brief | 8 August 2023

Thabo Bester escape: state expects to call about 18 witnesses

Another accused is granted bail of R10,000

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News | 11 July 2023

Thabo Bester escape: Court grants R10,000 bail to one of three suspended prison officers

Two other accused will return to court on 11 July for formal bail applications

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News | 3 July 2023

Three more G4S prison officials in court for aiding Thabo Bester’s escape

All 12 suspects are expected back in court in August for start of the main criminal trial

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Brief | 28 June 2023

Thabo Bester saga: State expects three more people to be arrested

Case postponed again for further investigation

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Brief | 20 June 2023

Son buried by municipality without family’s knowledge

Family intends to exhume the body and sue the state


News | 15 June 2023

Ninth suspect in Thabo Bester escape appears in court

Zanda Moyo will join eight others in the criminal trial on 20 June


Brief | 13 June 2023

Dr Nandipha’s court bid is “trial by ambush” argues state lawyer

Nandipha Magudumana claims she was “abducted” in Tanzania by South African authorities

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News | 1 June 2023

Ficksburg community leaders arrested during clashes over land occupation

The Setsoto Local Municipality has obtained an interim order preventing any new shacks from being erected


Brief | 1 June 2023

Magistrate denies bail to four accused in the Thabo Bester escape

The fifth applicant, Nastassja Jansen, was granted R10,000 bail

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Law | 29 May 2023

Thabo Bester saga: accused want bail so they can care for their children, lawyers argue

A decision in the bail application is expected on Monday

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News | 24 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: no reason for bail to be granted, says prosecutor

Lawyers for the accused say they won’t evade trial

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News | 23 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: Lawyers challenge police officer’s objections to bail

Bail application for five accused continued for a third day

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News | 19 May 2023

Inmate Teboho Molemohi was murdered in Mangaung prison. His mother was never told what happened

Six people were convicted for Teboho’s murder, but no-one told his mother

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News | 19 May 2023

Thabo Bester escape: lawyer asks court to “satisfy itself” that the man in the dock is indeed Bester

Bail hearing of five alleged conspirators to continue on Friday

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News | 16 May 2023