SA man jailed, tortured in Equatorial Guinea prison gets R39m in damages

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Daniel Janse van Rensburg, his wife Melanie and daughter, Abigail. Janse van Rensburg claimed more than R39 million in damages after being jailed and tortured in Equatorial Guinea's Black Beach prison for nearly two years.
Daniel Janse van Rensburg, his wife Melanie and daughter, Abigail. Janse van Rensburg claimed more than R39 million in damages after being jailed and tortured in Equatorial Guinea's Black Beach prison for nearly two years.
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Seven years after Daniel Janse van Rensburg was jailed and tortured in Equatorial Guinea's Black Beach prison, the Western Cape High Court has ordered the country's vice-president, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, to pay him more than R39 million in damages.

"This is a case that epitomises a sheer abuse of power and authority by the defendant (Obiang)," Acting Judge James Lekhuleni stated in his ruling on Friday. He added that Janse van Rensburg, who came close to death during the 423 days he was held without being charged in Black Beach, was "fortunate to have survived the ordeal".

Lekhuleni's judgment paves the way for Janse van Rensburg to now recover the damages he is owed by Obiang, who the court found was directly responsible for his wrongful arrest and torture. Janse van Rensburg successfully attached Obiang's luxurious double-storey house in Clifton and mansion in Bishopscourt four years ago, as part of his efforts to sue the playboy vice-president. 

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