Russell ‘Rusty’ Labuschagne was a successful Zimbabwean businessman with a safari outfit and fishing resort on Lake Kariba. Then he was framed for murder by a poacher and the Zimbabwean police – and ended up spending 10 years stuck in jail, including time in the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, where food shortages were common, there was no running water and people regularly died around him.
Few people would survive such an ordeal, and fewer still would emerge stronger. Since his release in 2013, Labuschagne has become a sought-after motivational speaker, recounting his experience and offering the lessons he learnt about friendship and resilience. In this extract from Beating Chains (Flyleaf), he describes his arrival at the first jail where he was held, Khami Maximum Security Prison.