Thabo Bester’s Case Heads To Free State High Court With Legal Representation Challenges
Thabo Bester, facing charges alongside 10 others in the escape case, has opted to involve high-profile advocates as the trial shifts to the Free State High Court.
The proceedings, initially expected to be a routine postponement in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court, took an unexpected turn.
The state decided to withdraw charges against three of the accused, former G4S employees Nastassja Jansen, Thabang Matthews Mier, and Moeketsi April Ramolula.
However, the focus shifted to Bester’s legal representation. At a previous hearing, Peter Matee represented Bester, but a new lawyer, Jan Loubser, appeared on Wednesday without Matee’s knowledge.
In court, Loubser stated that he, along with advocate Zandile Mshololo, was now representing Bester.
However, Matee sought clarification, expressing his unawareness of being excused as the attorney on record. Bester clarified that both Loubser and Matee would be part of his legal team, adding advocate Dali Mpofu to it.
Following a short adjournment, Matee raised concerns about the lack of confidentiality during Bester’s consultations with his lawyers in prison.
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He highlighted that telephonic conversations between Bester and his legal representatives were being recorded, compromising attorney-client privilege.
The matter was eventually transferred to the high court, with Bester’s team of legal representatives left to resolve the issues. The case is set for pretrial in February.