JUSTICE DENIED: A News24 podcast series on the human cost of wrongful convictions

A decade is a long time.  

Now, imagine losing more than a decade.

Thats what happened to Njabulo, Boswell, Bridgette and Thembekile.

In this special report from News24 and the Wits Justice Project, we tell the stories of people who were wrongfully convicted.

We explore the human cost of when justice is denied.

Justice denied

Justice Denied, Episode 1: 13 years for a rape he didn't commit

One summer evening in 2002, Njabulo's life changed in ways he could not have imagined. He was accused of rape and found guilty of a crime he did not commit. Njabulo would spend 13 years behind bard, protesting his innocence.

Imagine spending 13 long years behind bars, for a murder you did not commit. Boswell Mhlongo doesn't need to imagine... this living nightmare was his life. Boswell was accused of killing a policeman in 2000 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Justice Denied, Episode 3: Sentenced to 10 years after attacking her would-be rapist

At one point in her life, Bridget Makhonza had it all. She was in a loving relationship, and went from selling men's clothes from her apartment to securing a job at a multinational, billion-dollar company. That all changed after a traumatic event.

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Justice Denied, Episode 4: The innocent man tortured by prison guards

What would you do if you were sentenced to life behind bars for a crime you did not commit? This was Thembekile Molaudzi's life for 11 years. Now imagine being tortured, made to strip naked and shocked with electric rods by prison officials. That happened to Thembekile twice.

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