'Facebook rapist' gets life sentence

2012-08-16 10:48

Cape Town - "Facebook rapist" Thabo Bester was on Thursday jailed for life for the murder of Johannesburg model and car saleswoman Nomfundo Tyhulu.

He appeared in the Western Cape High Court before acting Judge Judith Cloete and assessor, advocate Juliana Thayson, who sentenced him to an additional 25 years on a charge of aggravated armed robbery.

The armed robbery charge related to possessions that he took from Tyhulu after killing her. Bester, 23, stabbed Tyhulu, 23, in the chest, in a bed-and-breakfast in Cape Town in September last year. The two were on holiday together.

They met at the BMW dealership in Sandton, Johannesburg, where she had sold him a car. They started a long-term relationship before going to Cape Town on holiday.


After stabbing Tyhulu, Bester flew to Durban. On his departure from the bed-and-breakfast in the morning, he told reception staff that Tyhulu was still sleeping and not to be disturbed before 14:00.

These remarks were an aggravating factor, the judge said.

Prosecutor Samantha Raphels told the court on Tuesday that Bester's acts were premeditated and that the robbery and murder charges should be treated as serious, separate crimes.

He should face life in prison as he was clearly not sorry for what he had done and had not been "open and honest" with the court, she said.

Bester was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping and robbing two models. He was jailed for 15 years on each count of rape and 15 years on each count of robbery. Five years of each robbery sentence was suspended.

He is called the "Facebook rapist" as he used the social networking site to lure women to meet him, claiming that international modelling scouts were interested in them. Armed with a knife, he then raped and robbed them.

  • david.steynfaardt - 2012-08-16 10:59

    They must hang the bastard!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-16 11:02

      He will be out in what, 15 years? Unless of course he is connected and contracts Sheikalitis .

      lulama.nokubeni - 2012-08-16 11:02

      Good...he must rot in there with no chance of perole

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-16 12:05

      If he was previously jailed for 50 years in prison, why was he out???

      procold2 - 2012-08-16 12:50

      david hanging is to quick, a long painfull death, like a stoning or something.

  • Xzaviera - 2012-08-16 11:01

    Thank you justice system for restoring my faith in you.

  • Natzi - 2012-08-16 11:01


      Natzi - 2012-08-16 21:00

      You would only dislike peoples comments if you find it okay to rape women!! This man has ruined families & peoples lives, so please catch a freaking wake up!!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-16 11:02

    No justice here. Should have send him to the Kruger National Park to fend for himself amongst the wild animals. See how long his gonna last. Good for nothing excuse for a human being.

  • TdJ01 - 2012-08-16 11:12

    Hopefully he will get some male bonding in prison.

  • mfundi.ndaba - 2012-08-16 11:15

    Sies! Scumbag of note. Justice has really taken place.

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-08-16 11:16

    Why is the sentence for rape only 15 years? Even if a rapist can be rehabilitated how can one really be sure? I guess the parole board is comfortable with human experimentation. At least scientists test their hypothesis on rats first.

  • phila.nombembe - 2012-08-16 11:26

    he deserve that thanx 2 justice

  • moshe.mothapo - 2012-08-16 11:27

    so this guy was only luring beautiful women(models)..?

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-16 11:28

    Send him to Zimbabwe prison, that's just death on its own.

  • freddied - 2012-08-16 11:28

    hope he will not get a parol

  • palesa.amanda.5 - 2012-08-16 11:30

    A yo swa moleko oo nx

  • andrejvv - 2012-08-16 11:36

    So if he sat for the 50 years he was supposed to, he would not have had the opportunity to do this again. Pity about the awesome protection we enjoy, to think she was someone's daughter, sister, grandchild. May God give her family peace and carry them though the pain.

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-08-16 11:41

    The Devil used him , so now the Devil is gonna Abuse him , and he was to blind to see that, Well, thats life !!!

  • williamswiaan - 2012-08-16 11:48

    Serves the bastard right. Wouldn't say he got what he deserve. Since he was previously sentenced and not much came from it. I just hope this time its for life, and not suspended years. He should serve his years. No mercy, no parole...

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-16 11:58

    I hope he does not have the privileges of internet access in prison. He should sit in solitary confinement for the whole 15 years. Kathy

  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-16 12:06

    If he was previously jailed for 50 years in prison, why was he out??? And please don't tell me he got out for good behaviour because he is only 26 years old!

  • logancyoung - 2012-08-16 12:10

    He should face life in prison as he was clearly not sorry for what he had done and had not been "open and honest" with the court, she said. The fact that he isn't sorry is evident in his mugshot right there. No emotion at all. Not sadness or shame, or even anger or contempt. Granted there isn't adulation or happiness either

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-16 12:19

    25 Years for robbery, whilst murderers and rapist are roaming our streets and others get pardoned to re-offend. South African justice. Aaarrggg!!

  • twist.cas - 2012-08-16 12:43

    Cut his dig and feed it to animals..

  • chrissie.queen - 2012-08-16 13:02

    I dislike rapist,we should firstly remove their penis then sentence them. All rapist should be treated that way after 15yrs they are released on good behavoir but minus there penis

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-16 17:49

    Justice will be served when he is in prison. Buy lots of 'vaseline' you 'scum bag'...

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-08-16 19:43

    And our Tax pays to keep him happy!!?? String him up....

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-16 20:33

    So he goes free, on our money, free food, free room, free education, free payment. free t.v. and free sex. Hang the bastard, we are sick of paying for these creatures to go free.

  • - 2012-08-16 20:49

    Y should we waste our time and hard earned money keepin scum like this living in lavish while he gets a bed and food at the end of the day ?? Death penalty for him it should be !! His life could never replace the young woman he brutaly murdered !!

  • thabang.rodney - 2012-08-18 08:56

    He fu#+en deserves wats coming to him,he is no human being...the bastard.

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