Dr Nandipha Magudumana collapsed in the police holding cells at Parkroad Police Station in Bloemfontein before appearing in court this Wednesday morning.
Nandipha’s lawyer said she was forcefully transported from Bizzah Makhathe Correctional Service in Kroonstad to Bloemfontein despite informing the officials that she is ill.
“Her lawyer Machini Motloung has gone to her at the holding cells to check [on her] and apparently an ambulance has been called,” SABC broadcaster said.
Meanwhile, Thabo Bester and the other accused have appeared in court.
It remains unclear whether Magudumana will appear as scheduled as proceedings were delayed by another hour due to the latest development.
BREAKING: Three of Bester’s co-accused have been set free after case against them was withdrawn by the prosecution. Natasha Jansen, Mr Moeketsi Ramolula and one more are free to go. That leaves 9. State serving indictments today. Nandipha Magudumana is ill and not present in… pic.twitter.com/BTA5p9vURf
— Crime documentary filmmaker & journalist (@AJGMolyneaux) October 11, 2023
News just in. #DrNandiphaMagudumana just fainted in the holding cells at the Park Road Police station in Bloemfontein. #Magudumana #ThaboBester and others are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein magistrates court. #SABCNEWS
— Kamo Seekoei (@ignitedbosslady) October 11, 2023
They sprinkle her with water wethu avuke abe pha, ibe yayintoni ufainter 😏😏.
— Be Humble. 🇿🇦 (@EzamaCirha) October 11, 2023
Magudumana, along with her father and 10 co-accused, faces charges related to the escape of Thabo Bester, a convicted rapist and murderer, from a Mangaung prison last year. Nine of her co-accused have been granted bail by various courts, while Bester and one other accused abandoned their bail applications.
Last month, the same court denied Magudumana’s bail application, with Magistrate Estelle de Lange stating that no bail conditions could ensure her appearance at trial, and she had failed to demonstrate that her release on bail would serve the interests of justice.