Shauwn Mkhize Denies Any Association with Thabo Bester Amid Social Media Speculation

Shauwn Mkhize, a well-known public figure in South Africa also known as MaMkhize, has recently been the subject of social media speculation regarding her alleged association with convicted fraudster Thabo Bester. This followed tweets alleging that she had visited Bester while he was serving his sentence at the Mangaung Correctional Centre.

Although several accomplices, including Nandipha Magudumana, have been linked to Thabo Bester, questions have arisen regarding another high-profile individual that Bester claims to have had close contact with. This information was revealed by investigative journalist Karyn Maughan during an interview with Newzroom Afrika.

On Sunday, the popular Twitter account Man’s Not Barry Roux tweeted that Shauwn Mkhize had been accused of visiting Thabo Bester in jail before his release, leading to widespread speculation and interest in the matter.

In response, Mkhize issued a statement denying any association with Bester and expressing her disappointment with the rumors and speculation surrounding the matter. She emphasized that she had never met Bester and had no connection to him or his criminal activities.

Mkhize’s statement highlights the dangers of social media speculation and the impact it can have on people’s lives and reputations. While social media can be a powerful tool for communication and information-sharing, it can also be a source of misinformation and false accusations.

It is important for individuals to be cautious when sharing information online, especially when it comes to sensitive or controversial topics. In cases where there are doubts or questions about the accuracy of information, it is always best to seek out credible sources and verify the facts before sharing them with others.

In conclusion, Shauwn Mkhize’s response to the social media speculation surrounding her alleged association with Thabo Bester emphasizes the importance of verifying information before sharing it online. It also serves as a reminder of the potential consequences of false accusations and the impact they can have on people’s lives and reputations.


The Twitter user offered no evidence to back up their allegations.

The tweet follows claims by investigative reporter Karyn Maughn that Bester had received visits from a “billionaire” businesswoman. The News24 reporter also claimed that Bester had the contact details of a “well-known celebrity.” However, Maughan did not mention the identity of either woman.


MaMkhize was quick to respond to the allegations and set the record straight. In an Instagram Story, the CEO of Royal AM made it clear that she had no connection to the claims being made about her.

Clapping back at Maughan, MaMkhize said: “What does my name have to do with Thabo Bester? Please tell the country who is the well-known celebrity involved…does this mean I am the only well-known celebrity in South Africa?”

She later added: “Stop putting me in these things I am not involved in.”

Who is the celebrity who visited Thabo Bester

In an interview with Newzroom Afrika, journalist Karyn Maughan revealed that she and her team had been contacting people who had visited Thabo Bester in prison and those he had listed as contacts. This included a “very well-known celebrity” who was familiar to the public from her appearances on TV.

Maughan also stated that Bester had received prison visits from a prominent woman. In 2012, Bester was convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to life at the Magaung Correctional Centre.

Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha
Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha: Image source @Instagram

According to Maughan, Bester claimed the woman who visited him was a successful billionaire. This relationship began in 2017 after he started his relationship with Nandipha.

Meanwhile, Thabo Bester had previously alluded to being abandoned by his celebrity pals in a letter he wrote from prison.

In a leaked letter published by Drum, an imprisoned Bester wrote about feeling “loneliness, rejection, and judgment”. He also reportedly asked for forgiveness from high-profile people, who include Tumisho Masha, Pearl Thusi, and Bonang Matheba.

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