During a budget vote on Wednesday I parliament, home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi confirmed Thabo Bester’s identity through a DNA test that was conducted on his biological mother in response to a question from DA MP Adrian Ross.
“Bester’s DNA matches that of his mother, who gave birth to him in 1986 at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital. The DNA matches 99%. Why do you want us to repeat it as home affairs?”. Motsoaledi said.
He added that DNA is not only means of identifying a person. Motsoaledi said records from the hospital a person was born at and schools were among ways home affairs confirmed identities a person. He said the documents were presented to home affairs’ special tribunal, which, on the basis of those, decided whether to issue a birth certificate. Thereafter, the birth was registered as late.
Motsoaledi confirmed the identity of Thabo Bester, but stated that there was no record of him at the department and he “simply doesn’t exist” on their database. Police commissioner Lt-Gen Fannie Masemola confirmed that Bester did not have a South African ID, but his identity was confirmed through his fingerprints and criminal record.
Bester’s family history from birth until his initial arrest in 2011, was provided by Motsoaledi, who stated that the convict was born to Meisie Maria Bester and was the oldest of four children.
In 2022, May, Bester faked his own death to escape from Mangaung correctional centre, nearly a year since the escape, Bester was nabbed in Tanzania, 10 KMs away from the Kenyan border in possession of multiple unstamped passports, alongside his girlfriend Dr Nandipha.
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