|Thabo Bester/ Facebook Rapist|
|Years active||until 2011|
|Known for||Murder of Nomfundo Tyulu|
|Criminal charge||Rape, Murder, Robbery|
|Criminal status||In Prison|
Known as the “Facebook rapist” because he used social media to lure women throughout South Africa
The Facebook Rapist is a South African serial rapist also known as Thabo Bester. He was court and arrested in Alberton, south of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa following a countrywide search in the wake of his crimes. According to the Mail & Guardian article, in 2011 Thabo Bester was 22 years old.
He said he was raped by his grandmother’s friend, and that when he told his grandmother about the abuse, it was like talking to a wall. "My grandmother’s friend hurt me when he raped me, and I had an operation on my behind", Thabo Bester t was quoted.
His situation became worse when his grandmother died, and he had to live with his friends in a squatter camp. While living there he was approached by a man who promised to look after him, but who had then locked him in his house for days and raped him.
In 2009 Thabo Bester (The Facebook Rapist) WAS found guilty of fraud and sentenced to six months in jail with an option of paying a R1500 fine. "I did not have money to pay. They treated me badly in prison because they thought I was from a well-off family," The Facebook Rapist was quoted by Mail & Guardian.