From Advocate Barbie to Dr Nandipha: what makes bright women...


From Advocate Barbie to Dr Nandipha: what makes bright women fall for criminal men?

ANNELIESE BURGESS tries to understand how cunning criminals such as Thabo Bester and Dirk Prinsloo attract intelligent and beautiful lovers who then allow themselves to be dominated and manipulated.

SHE was a successful aesthetic doctor. Married to a colleague. Two beautiful daughters. Fancy cars. Expensive home. On the surface, the shiny, perfect life of the striking woman in her crisp white doctor's coat and a halo of perfectly groomed curls cascading down to her shoulders. But the reality was something altogether more brittle. And dark. 

For years, Dr Nandipha Magudumana had an affair with a rapist and murderer who was serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison. She became deeply enmeshed in his alternate reality, helped him escape, then lived with him for almost a year in a R12-million Johannesburg mansion. 

In 2018, when Magudumana was named as a mover and shaker on the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans list, she was already visiting Thabo Bester in prison and pursuing a relationship with him...

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