Innocent men spend 19 years in jail

By Drum Digital
13 April 2011

IT'S a beautiful day, the sun is shining in the blue sky and a fresh breeze comes from a nearby stream that flows between this township and the small town in the Free State. For Fusi Mofokeng and his partner, Melita Mofokeng, this is not a day like any other. It's a special day, because for the first time in 19 years they're not separated by prison bars.

Seated on a couch in his modest home in Bohlokong outside Bethlehem, the reunited couple hold hands and sneak kisses in between whispering sweet nothings into each other's ears.

"I knew the day would come when we would be together again," says Melita (39), demanding another kiss from a shy Fusi (44). The lovers were separated after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime he didn't commit. "Kiss me again," Melita says in a quieter tone, her eyes closed and her face brushing Fusi's.

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