The security company G4S, responsible for letting convicted murderer, rapist and fraudster Thabo Bester escape, should pay the R1,4 million it took to fly him back into South Africa.
According to Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, the delegation tasked to bring back Bester and his accomplice Dr Nandipha Magudumana from Tanzania, found the cheapest option was to charter a private flight because commercial airlines would not accommodate them. However, he did not confirm if they indeed asked other airlines if they would do so.
“Not only must taxpayers pay for the whole escape debacle and the process to find Bester, but now they must also pay for the luxurious flight to bring them back,” said Ian Cameron, director for Community Safety at Action Society. “We will not stand for this. The money could have been much better spent on clearing the DNA backlog, properly training SAPS members or upgrading courts working with gender-based violence.
“In fact, all the ministers involved, specifically Bheki Cele for Police and Ronald Lamola for Justice, and President Ramaphosa should shake their own pockets to pay for the whole bumbled exercise.”
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