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Showmax Set to Premiere New Documentary ‘Tracking Thabo Bester’

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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South Africa’s streaming giant Showmax is ready to debut a thrilling four-part enigma themed film called ‘Tracking Thabo Bester’.

The series explores the mystery and havoc that is created by Thabo Bester, a convicted rapist and killer who, according to news reports, might have faked his death in a prison fire with an intention of escaping prosecution.

GroundUp’s Revelation and Bester’s Infamy

The documentary starts with Marecia Damons and Daniel Steyn, the journalists who were investigating the shocking possibility that Bester is alive by GroundUp, the news organization that was the first one to point at that fact.

Their anonymous report definitely started a media frenzy, reigniting public interest in the “Facebook Rapist,” a moniker Bester earned after luring victims through the social media platform.

A Doctor’s Fall and Life Beyond Cell 35

‘Tracking Thabo Buster’ is a very detailed portrayal of not only Bester’s escape, but also the factors that led him to that point with all the complexities accompanying this story.

The Viewers will learn about his crimes and the public outcry that surrounded his trial.

The series also delves into the fascinating relationship between Bester and Dr. Nandipha Magudumana, who is a well-known and respected celebrity doctor who inexplicably left her family and job to join Bester on the run.

A significant portion of the documentary tackles the burning question: who perished in the fire at Cell 35, Bester’s prison cell?

By means of the investigative interviews with the law enforcement agencies, the forensic experts, and the people who had the first-hand experience of the case, the series tries to crack the anonymous case from all the angles and arrive at a conclusion.

Related: Showmax Faces Legal Battle as it Moves to Premiere New Documentary

Showmax Delivers Timely Content

The documentary’s title, ‘Tracking Thabo Bester’, is an indication that the show is a product that incorporates public appreciation for the murky issue at hand.

Despite years passing, Bester still remains as a major criminal figure in South Africa.

The documentary aims at reminding people of his trial that is expected to start in June 2024 and also acts as a timely investigation of events preceding his arrest.

Production Pedigree and Audience Expectations

Showmax has assembled a formidable team for ‘Tracking Thabo Bester.’

The series is produced by IdeaCandy, the production company behind acclaimed documentaries like ‘Devilsdorp’ and ‘Steinheist.’

The directorial reins are held by Janine Comninos, whose previous work on the Showmax Original ‘Convict Conman’ showcased her expertise in navigating the complexities of true-crime narratives.

In consideration of the fact that the makers of this documentary are pretty much accomplished and the Thabo Bester case in itself is an intriguing theme, we can expect that viewers will be given a riveting and meaningful insight.

‘Tracking Thabo Bester’ is said to be a movie that reveals the deeper nature of a crime that every South African nation will be shocked about while raising questions about security shortcomings and the long distance that one can stretch to reach liberty or out of love.

The first two episodes of the movie ‘Tracking Thabo Bester’ will debut on Showmax March 15, 2024, while the remaining two episodes will come out on March 22nd.

All true-crime fans and people who are interested in the Bester saga are sure to find this documentary series an essential watch.

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Oluchukwu Ikemefuna
Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

Oluchukwu Blessing Ikemefuna, a talented content writer from Anambra, Nigeria, found her writing passion in secondary school. Holding a degree in Biological Sciences from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, she specializes in blog writing across technology, finance, healthcare, education, and lifestyle sectors. With strong research and SEO skills, Oluchukwu creates engaging content globally. Her work aims to inspire and engage authentically while driving action. Outside work, she enjoys travel, reading, and movies as she grows as a skilled writer.

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