Man used degree to free himself after innocently spending 13 years in jail

Man used degree to free himself after innocently spending 13 years in jail

After spending 13 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit, Njabulo Ndlovu will finally walk away from Westville Prison a free man after he used his law degree to prove himself innocent.

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The Pietermaritzburg High Court acquitted Njabulo Ndlovu on Friday after he spent 13 years in Westville Prison after he was found guilty of gang r*pe in 2002.

Njabulo was accused by a young woman he used to go to school with, along with 4 other men. The woman was pregnant at the time of the alleged incident.

At the time Njabulo was 19 and a 2nd-year student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He testified he wasn't near the university when the unfortunate event took place.

3 of the 5 men accused were discharged during the trial but Njabulo and another man stayed in jail.

Njabulo spent more than 10 years in jail but he never lost hope and studied law during this time. He got his law degree from Unisa in May 2018.

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On Friday, his dedication paid off and his appeal was upheld. Now Njabulo plans to sue the minister of justice for damages for his wrongful conviction.

Cases like this always leave people feeling like justice was finally served, just like in the case of Jarrett Adams, a young man who was innocently sent to jail after he too was accused of sexual assault. Adams also studied law and had his conviction overturned, as reported on by

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