DURBAN - She's not a bad person, she's just caught up in a bad situation with someone who led her astray.
That's how a close childhood friend has described Dr Nandipha Magudumana.
He says growing up, Magudamana was well-behaved, focused and fun-loving.
It's been revealed that the aesthetics doctor lived with Facebook rapist Thabo Bester for 10 months after his elaborate escape from the Mangaung Prison.
Magudamana was found with Bester in Arusha,Tanzania.
She's now fighting for her freedom in court while facing several charges linked to Bester’s escape.
Magudumana's friend believes Bester was influencing her in some way.
He says if he had an opportunity to speak to Magudamana, he would urge her to tell the truth.
"Just tell the truth sis and repent. That's the best advice I can give to her.
"She's got to deal with it and repent, that's all I can advise her to do."
* eNCA's Silindelo Masikane reports.