Convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester and his lover Dr Nandipha Magudumana are finally in the country to face their crimes.
The pair flew in from Tanzania in the early hours of this morning and landed at the Lanseria Airport.
They were received by heavy police presence including an inyala and while the couple was arrested on Friday police have since effected more arrests of people who were involved in Bester's escape.
Justice minister Ronald Lamola said Bester will be under 24/7 surveillance at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.
“We can confirm that these fugitives have been returned to South Africa. Bester has been readmitted to the Kgosi Mampuru Central maximum correctional facility and Dr Magudumana is under arrest, pending her first court appearance,” he said.
Magudumana will appear in a Bloemfontein court on Thursday.
Social media was flooded with reaction to the return of the fugitives, with many calling for officials to do everything in their power to make sure they do not escape again and face the full might of the law — “even if we have to help”.
Anele Mdoda said: "Nandipha was not planning on getting arrested. No one wears white pants if they know shit is about to hit the fan."
we're all going to have to take turns guarding Kgosi Mampuru Prison.
— Vho Charlie (@Calu_Phyll) April 13, 2023