How horrific is it for an innocent person to be jailed? These men know
Their wrongful convictions may have been eventually overturned, but the scars from a flawed legal system remain
Four innocent men spent a combined 52 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. While each has now been released after years of battling the state in the appeal courts, those wasted years suffering under harsh prison conditions will never be returned.
Last week, Fanie Ndimande was released from the Johannesburg Prison after 16 years in custody, arrested in 2003 for alleged involvement in an attempted robbery at a Spar in Ivory Park, Johannesburg.
On September 30, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in its ruling detailed how a group of armed men wearing balaclavas had robbed the store and that a security guard who tried to intervene was fatally wounded...