The daddy of a person whose physique was utilized by a rapist and assassin in an elaborate jail escape plan says the South African authorities has “failed him”.
Nor does Batho Mpholo imagine the police account of his son Katlego Bereng’s last hours alive.
Thabo Bester, who was convicted in 2012 of raping two ladies and killing one among them, went lacking in Might final 12 months following a hearth in his jail cell at Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein.
It was assumed he had died within the flames.
However experiences later surfaced of him being seen in Johannesburg, whereas DNA samples confirmed the physique burned past recognition within the cell was not his.
On Friday afternoon, Mr Mpholo heard that Bloemfontein police had knowledgeable his son’s mom, Monica Matsie, that DNA check outcomes had been returned and that the physique was that of their lacking 31-year-old son, Katlego Bereng Mpholo.
“The physique that was burnt by Thabo Bester in jail was that of my son,” he tweeted. “Our personal authorities is failing us. I’m damaged.”
Bester was just lately arrested in Tanzania alongside together with his girlfriend, Nandipha Magudumana, nearly a 12 months after the fireplace that was alleged to have killed him.
Mr Mpholo, in an interview with the ENCA information channel, stated police advised him his son “collapsed on the town” and was taken to hospital.
After being admitted, it was found that Mr Bereng had misplaced blood and he died, officers added.
Mr Mpholo junior, who had a son and a daughter, was then taken to a authorities mortuary, his father was advised.
However members of the family visited a number of mortuaries in Bloemfontein after reporting his son lacking.
“There was no signal of him in any mortuary,” Mr Mpholo stated.
Relating to the model of occasions given to him by police, he commented: “I do not imagine it. There may be extra to it.”
He doubts his son, a “soccer fanatic”, knew both Bester or his girlfriend.
He described the official narrative as “not true”, and, at current, he has no thought the place his son’s physique is.
“How did Thabo Bester pay money for my son’s physique, if he was in a authorities mortuary?” he requested.
“My coronary heart is shattered into 1,000,000 items,” Mr Mpholo, who lives in Tembisa, northeast of Johannesburg, advised the Information 24 web site.
“I can not imagine it; his mom Monica is devastated. She is in an entire state of shock. She’s not in a position to discuss but. That is devastating information.”