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Justice for teacher kept in jail for 13 months on false rape charge

NPA, cops to cough up after prosecutor and investigating officers withheld information from the court

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A teacher who spent 13 months behind bars after being wrongfully charged with the rape of a nine-year-old girl has won a lawsuit against the police minister.

Patrick Buthelezi was arrested after a nine-year-old pupil at his school claimed he had sexually assaulted her, though it was later revealed she only made this claim after a beating from her aunt. Evidence later showed there was no sign of penetration and DNA tests exonerated him.

But now he has won a damages and costs order for his legal expenses at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, though the amount is yet to be determined...

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