- Najbulo Ndlovu was wrongfully jailed for 13 years for a crime he didn't commit
- However, he said he bears no grudges against anyone
- He expressed happiness that his innocence was proven and wants to rebuild his life
The man who spent 13 years in prison for a crime he never committed has said he does not bear a grudge against anyone.
As Briefly.co.za reported recently, 35-year-old Njabulo Ndlovu studied law in jail and used his degree to finally prove his innocence at the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Njabulo walked free from Durban's Westville Prison on Monday this week after being acquitted of taking part in a gang sexual assault of a woman.
Speaking to IOL, Njabulo said the experience of being in jail was hard. However, he stressed that it's all behind him now:
I am grateful that my innocence has been proven. Right now I want to build my life and be a better person. I don’t hold any grudges; what happened is in the past and I have moved on from it.
He urged magistrates to focus on the evidence during court cases to prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.
In another interview with Times Live, Njabulo described the moment a warder told him he was free: "Warder said, 'You are free as a bird,' and I felt like I could fly."
The relieved man was just 19 years old when he was convicted in 2005. He was a second-year law student at the University of Durban-Westville.
Remarkably, he still obtained a law degree from Unisa while in prison. Although he lost 13 years of his life, his focus is on the future.
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