PODCAST | Justice Denied: 13 years for a rape he did not commit


TRIGGER WARNING: This podcast contains a brief description of a rape.

Think back to the last 10 years.

How many weddings, graduations, baby showers and funerals have you visited?

Maybe you have changed cities, jobs, friends, girlfriends, husbands or wives in the last ten years?

Think about the changes that innovation brings: Instagram, Taxify and Spotify.

What about the new stuff you bought?

A decade is a long time.

Now imagine, you lose more than a decade.

That's what happened to Njabulo Ndlovu.

On a summer evening in 2002, his life changed in a way he could not imagine.

Njabulo was charged with the rape and convicted of a crime he had not committed.

Justice rejected

Up to this point, everything in his life was going according to his plan.

He had just completed his first year as a law student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, preparing for his second year.

The native Durbaner spent the last 13 years in prison for a crime he had not committed.

"Justice has failed him, he has to start over at the age of 35. Where does one start?" His father Mbuso Ndlovu told News24.

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Njabulo Ndlovu attended the University of KwaZulu Natal a month after his release. (Nokuthula Manyathi, News24)

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Njabulo takes his first driving lesson. (Nokuthula Manyathi, News24)

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Njabulo and his father Mbuso in their house in Umlazi. (Nokuthula Manyathi, News24)