Fugitive Thabo Bester, dubbed the “Facebook rapist” re-arrested

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By ENCA/Times Live

JOHANNESBURG – Rapist and murderer Thabo Bester has been re-arrested.

According to several reports Bester, dubbed the ‘Facebook rapist’, He was apprehended in Tanzania on Friday.

Bester escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein in May 2022 after it was initially believed he had committed suicide by setting himself alight in his cell.

However, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), which originally declared him dead, confirmed that the charred body found in his cell was not that of the convicted murderer and rapist.

Bester has in fact been alive and at large for the last nine months.

“We will find Bester, we are getting good news. I had people yesterday trying to ridicule police when we raided his house.

“Sometimes, people don’t understand investigations, things, clues that we get there,” Cele said.

Social media was awash with reports that the fugitive has been apprehended in Tanzania on Saturday morning.

When approached for comment, national police spokesperson Col Athlenda Mathe could not confirm or deny the report.

“The national commissioner will brief the nation on any progress relating to this. I am not confirming or denying anything,” she told TimesLIVE.

This is a developing story.