Convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester, who escaped from prison on May 3, 2022, has been running a scam construction company called Arum Properties with celebrity doctor Nandipha Magudumana. The couple convinced several people to pay millions of rand for construction projects but never managed to deliver the goods. Arum Properties’ client told GroundUp that soon after signing on and paying their deposits, they started to realize something was wrong.
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We have a recording of a phone call between Bester and a client of Arum Properties from two weeks ago. Baster and Magudumana have since fled their rented mansion in Sandton. Over the past years, we have spoken to several people who had encountered Arum properties. Baster was introduced to them, most often by Magudumana herself, and went by the name of TK Nkwana. He signed legal documents using a driver’s license and ID document with an ID number that does not exist on Department of Home Affairs records.
In July 2022, one person told GroundUp that they met TK, and they were offered payment to fly to Cape Town and take pictures posing in houses supposedly being renovated by Arum Properties. But they realized something was wrong and declined. TK used social media accounts linked to Magudumana, including Arum Properties and media, to approach models or people with large social media followings.
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The Department of Correctional Service has refuted claims that convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester has been returned to the Correctional Centre, Bester made his appearance at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Friday for the first time since his escape from the Manguang prison in May 2022. The Department also clarified that no complaints had been filed about threats to Bester’s life, adding that Bester was taking his meals.
After GroundUp reported Bester was alive, he and Magudumana fled the mansion they were renting in Sandton. The Sunday Times reported the couple had been praying for Rs 40,000 per month in rent but were behind on their payments. The property manager told them that the couple had also rented the house next door, which was being renovated by Arum Properties. The landlord had approved the renovation and had been led to believe the house would become Magudumana’s new wellness clinic.
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