…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Two Accused in Thabo Bester Escape Case Appeal Bail Denial
Two of the four alleged accomplices of Thabo Bester, who were denied bail, have filed an appeal against the judgment.
Senohe Matsoara and Teboho Lipholo, identified as accused numbers one and three in the Bester escape case, will have their appeal heard in the Bloemfontein High Court, according to SABC News.
Accused Number One: Senohe Matsoara: Matsoara, a former supervisor at the G4S-managed Mangaung Correctional Centre (MCC), is alleged to have played a role in Bester’s escape from the prison in May 2022.
The court previously denied Matsoara bail, citing the failure to effectively address various factors in his application.
Accused Number Three: Teboho Lipholo: Lipholo, a camera technician for a company responsible for managing the security cameras at the prison, is also accused of involvement in Bester’s escape.
Like Matsoara, Lipholo’s bail application was rejected due to the inadequacy of addressing relevant factors.
Bail Grant for Some Applicants: Among the five bail applicants on the same day, Nastassja Jansen was granted bail, while Zolile Sekeleni, accused number two, was released on bail soon after the case began.
However, Matsoara and Lipholo were denied bail.
Upcoming Court Proceedings: On Wednesday, 28 June, three additional former G4S employees, Joel Makhetha, Moeketsi Ramolula, and Thabang Mier, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court regarding their alleged involvement in aiding Bester’s escape.
The State will decide whether to oppose their bail or not on Monday, 3 July.
These three individuals have been added to the main case, and all 12 suspects are scheduled to appear in court on 8 August.
The case was previously postponed on 20 June to allow for further police investigation.
Conclusion: The appeal filed by Senohe Matsoara and Teboho Lipholo against the denial of their bail in the Thabo Bester escape case highlights their determination to challenge the court’s decision.
As the legal proceedings continue, it remains to be seen how the court will address the appeal and the subsequent hearings for the additional accused individuals.
The case has attracted significant attention, raising concerns about prison security and the potential involvement of prison staff in facilitating such escapes.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn