Aesthetics doctor Dr Nandipha Mogudumana, alias Dr Nandi has found herself at the centre of a scandal allegedly involving convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester.
Bester, a convicted rapist, escaped from a privately-run prison in Bloemfontein in May last year; but South African police only found out last month.
He was initially presumed dead in prison but was later believed to be alive, and has now been arrested in Tanzania.
The police issued a press statement confirming the arrests of three people: Bester, Dr Nandi and Zakaria Alberto.
Bester was believed to have died after setting himself on fire behind bars, but in late March police said DNA tests revealed the charred remains found in his cell were someone else’s.
Nandipha Magudumana and Thabo Bester
According to GroundUp, following Bester’s ‘death’, Dr Nandi allegedly collected his body from the morgue.
After the body was ‘confiscated’ by police for further investigation, Dr Nandi approached a Pretoria High Court and submitted an affidavit stating to be Bester’s ‘customary wife’ and requested his body be released to her.
Dr Nandi allegedly did everything in her power to make sure her lover, Bester, was free a man.
It is reported that the celebrity doctor stole three unclaimed bodies from Free State mortuaries to use in his escape plan.
According to police reports, Dr Nandi, as she is affectionately known, allegedly stole the bodies to use them as a replacement for convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester during his prison escape.
One of the bodies, which Dr Nandi claimed to be of her father, was found dumped in a river with its identification toe tag still attached, a week after she took possession of it.
The second body was that of an unknown man whom they claimed was Bester and had burnt to death at the Magaung Correctional Center in May last year. The third corpse is still unaccounted for.
It is alleged that Dr Nandi also used the bodies to claim insurance.
Who is Nandipha Magudumana?
Nandipha Magudumana is an aesthetics doctor.
She owns the aesthetic medical boutique; Optimum Medical Aesthetic Solutions, located in Sandton, Johannesburg.
She also owns Vitapush (IV Nutrition Therapy)
Her celebrity clientele includes Moshe Ndiki and Zozibini Tunzi. She appeared on Podcast and Chill, discussing her lucrative business empire.
She claims to be married and a mom to three girls.
According to her Instagram bio, she has a list of credentials including Mail&Guardian 200 Young South Africans, SADC Top 100 Young Leaders in 2018 and Top 20 Most Influential Young South Africans in 2018.
Nandipha Magidumana divorce
Dr Nandi was previously married to Mkhuseli Oscar Magudumana, a South African physician, before she met Thabo Bester and purportedly became customarily married to him.
Mkhuseli is a physician by training specializing in pediatrics, the area of medicine that deals with children’s health and medical care from birth to age 18.
The two got married in 2013 in a civil ceremony.
Nandipha Magudumana photos