Local actress and singer Simphiwe Ngema has been quite a hot topic this week, all because of her since-deleted statement admitting to having made a prison visit to convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester.
In a recent Instagram Story, the former “Muvhango” actress thanked those who had reached out to her to show her support, during the social media whirlwind she has been in.
“Thank you to everyone who has been supportive during this time. I’ve read your messages, your dms, your WhatsApp’s,” she wrote.
Earlier this week, Ngema posted on Instagram, a statement in which she admitted to visiting Bester in jail because he owed her money. Shortly after she deleted the statement from her verified account.
"Thabo Bester was working in the entertainment industry and introduced himself as TK Motsepe, and that's how we made contact. He seemed well connected and was able to organise meetings and big events, which I and many other public figures were booked for," said Ngema.
“In 2018 I went to the prison to demand answers, it was a difficult time in my life and he owed me money,” she added.
Ngema’s post opened her up to public scrutiny, with many people sharing their thoughts online. Some questioned her knowing she knew Bester was operating from prison and her reasoning behind her statement.
@Kim_Khandashisa said: “Simphiwe Ngema is digging herself a massive grave. Because if the person who scammed you was in New York (by your own admission), how did you end up in a South African prison demanding answers?”
@dinykay said: “So..if Simphiwe Ngema visited TK Motsepe in April 2018 and the 21st Century launch was held in May 2018 after Simphiwe visited him in prison🤔so vele vele Simphiwe knew that TK was actually in prison when he lied about being in NY during the event! Eh! Issa movie!!”