Murderer and rapist fails to stop Showmax documentary 

By Everson Luhanga

Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magadumana failed in their attempts to stop Showmax from airing a documentary based on the two criminals.

“MultiChoice is delighted that the Johannesburg High Court has upheld the public’s right to watch the “Tracking Thabo Bester” documentary.

“The fascinating documentary will shed light on the allegations against Thabo Bester and Nandipha Magudumana and allow the public the opportunity to make up their own minds and opinions about what took place,” Multichoice wrote in a statement.

The first two episodes of Tracking Thabo Bester will be available to stream exclusively on Showmax from 4pm on 15 March 2024.

Convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magadumana, who allegedly helped him to escape from prison, made last-minute applications to stop Showmax from airing the four-part documentary.

The matter was heard in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday 15 March, the same day the documentary is due to start airing on Showmax.

Bester and Magudumana approached the court in a bid to stop the documentary from airing because they said it threatens their legal rights.

MultiChoice said Showmax has briefed counsel and will vigorously oppose the applications because they are without any legal merit and breach the constitutional rights of the public.

Showmax strongly believes that it is essential for viewers to have the opportunity to watch the documentary and form their own opinions.

Bester’s dramatic escape from a jail in Mangaung in May 2022 shocked the country and attracted international media coverage. 

The duo fled the country but were re-arrested in Tanzania and extradited to South Africa in April 2023.

Since their arrest, several people who are said to have helped Bester escape have been arrested as well. 

The two have not been granted bail.

Pictured above: Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magadumana.

Source: Showmax


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