However now it seems Bester escaped from his cell amid the hearth and has been residing lavishly in Johannesburg’s posh Hyde Park suburb.
In keeping with info first revealed by the South African information outlet GroundUp and confirmed by the police, the physique discovered burned within the cell was not Bester based on DNA outcomes. Post-mortem outcomes have decided that the individual discovered useless within the cell died because of blunt power trauma to the top earlier than the hearth.
The hearth seems to have been a part of Bester’s elaborate jail escape which has raised many questions on the potential involvement of jail officers.
“A case of homicide is underneath investigation following the result of the DNA evaluation that confirmed that the physique of the deceased which was discovered was not of Thabo Bester,” police spokeswoman Motantsi Makhele mentioned.
The identification of the person discovered useless within the cell continues to be unknown, she mentioned.
A case of escape from lawful custody has additionally been opened as jail officers have confirmed that Bester isn’t of their custody, Makhele mentioned.
“A manhunt has been launched for all individuals of curiosity on this explicit case,” she mentioned.
In keeping with media studies, Bester has been noticed buying in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton space and has been romantically linked to a outstanding celeb physician.
Whereas in jail Bester used a laptop computer he had for research to run an occasion and manufacturing firm, based on the GroundUp report. At one level he addressed a convention from his jail cell, carrying a tie and telling different attendees that he was talking from the U.S., mentioned the report.
The Mangaung jail is presently being run by Britain-based personal safety agency G4S which was awarded a contract to manage the ability till 2026, in accordance South Africa’s Division of Correctional Providers. The division has no intention to resume the contract, it mentioned in an announcement.
“No stone might be left unturned in attending to the underside of Thabo Bester’s escape and there might be critical penalties for any celebration concerned,” mentioned Correctional Providers spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo.