One man’s long walk home


Leeuwkop Medium C Correctional Centre (Photo: Kyla Herrmannsen)

“…One night, on 31 August 2007, Sithole did not come home. His uncle was instantly alarmed. “When he phoned me and told me he had been arrested, I was shocked,” he says.

Sithole was walking down Elise Road in Randburg when a male and female police officer stopped him. The man pointed a gun at him. “Tell me where your friends are’, she asked me,” said Sithole, who is currently serving a 15-year sentence at Leeuwkop prison in Bryanston.

Sithole was accused of playing a part in an attempted hijacking or ‘driveway robbery’ on nearby Gemsbok Road in Robinhills.”

Thuba Sithole’s case is one riddled with inconsistencies, lack of concrete evidence, poor legal representation, just to name a few. On 31 August 2007, Sithole happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and as a result, spent five years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Read our latest piece detailing events that led to Sithole’s wrongful conviction- written by senior journalist Ruth Hopkins and former journalism intern, Kyla Herrmannsen – as it appeared on the Daily Maverick, here. It Could Be You.


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