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2.10.15

Guest Post: South Africa has no effective legal remedy to deal with wrongful convictions | FairTrials.org: Take for example Fusi Mofokeng and Tshokolo Mokoena, two friends who were at the wrong time and the wrong place after a police officer was killed by a Self Defence Unit (SDU) just outside Bethlehem in the Free State, at the tail end of apartheid. The killing triggered a township raid and Mofokeng and Mokoena were arrested. There was no evidence against them except for a witness statement that was later revoked because the witness claimed the police had pressured him.

The actual perpetrators were pardoned following a confession before the TRC in 1998, but Mofokeng and Mokoena maintained their innocence and, in an unbearably ironic twist of fate, they were sent back to jail. They spent 19 years behind bars and were released on early parole in 2011, with criminal records and their lives subject to parole conditions.


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