In a shocking turn of events, convicted criminal Thabo Bester, who was believed to have died in a fire while serving time at Mangaung Correctional Centre, was found alive and living a luxurious life with his alleged ‘customary wife’, Dr Nandipha Magudumama, in a Hyde Park mansion that’s up for rent for a whopping R70 000 per month.
LOOK: Dr Nandipha and Thabo Bester’s Hyde Park mansion
After the news of Bester’s escape from prison made headlines, the couple fled, leaving behind their plush rental home in Hyde Park, including some furniture and a few precious pieces.
It is alleged the Facebook rapist lived as a “free man” for almost a year, posing as the chairperson of 21st Century Media, a scam events and production company.
The couple lived lavishly, with Dr Nandipha flaunting her wealth through luxury cars, designer wear, and an opulent lifestyle. Bester allegedly left his watch valued at R1.5 million on the bedside table before fleeing the country with Dr Nandipha.
The plush Hyde Park home, valued at R12 million, which has been vacant since the couple’s cross-border escape, is back on the rental market for R70 000 per month.
Before her epic downfall, Dr Nandipha was the founder of Optimum Medical Aesthetics, a skincare and aesthetic clinic in Sandton which specialised in non-surgical treatments such as hairline, botox restoration, and chemical peels.
Bester and Dr Nandipha’s love story reportedly dates back to 2006, while she was still at Wits University, and she was one of his agency’s promo girls.
After university, she went on to marry Dr Mkhuseli Magudumana and worked at several hospitals before opening her practice. It is reported that when Bester was convicted, Dr Nandipha reached out to him and started visiting him in jail.
The property owners have had to make a few refurbishments to the home since the police descended on the land in search of a missing housekeeper. Two months before the prison break, an Airbnb profile in the name of “TK Nkwana” was created and used to make around 10 bookings at luxury homes in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
Take a look at a virtual tour of the Hyde Park property in question.
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