Innocent man freed after 11 years in prison


Thembekile Molaudzi and WJP senior journalist, Carolyn Raphaely outside Kgosi Mampuru II after his release on 26 June 2015

“Last Friday, with 11 lost years behind him and an uncertain future before him, Molaudzi strode out of Kgosi Mampuru II prison carrying only the files of correspondence he had accumulated while trying to prove his innocence, a few clothes and a lot of psychological baggage. The former Pretoria taxi driver’s struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds – including torture, solitary confinement and an eight-year battle to obtain his trial transcripts – had finally come to an end.”

Senior Journalist, Carolyn Raphaely, details the story of Thembekile Molaudzi, who spent 11 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Between shoddy investigations, missing court transcripts and unsuccessful appeals Molaudzi was caught in a system that has been criticized for being punitive to the poor. The Wits Justice Project pursued Thembekile’s case for 3 years, helping him to find his transcripts and facilitating legal assistance, for a man Carolyn Raphaely was convinced was innocent.

Read the article as it appeared on the Daily Maverick, here and as it appeared in The Star, here.

Thembekile Molaudzi

Thembekile Molaudzi


Related Links

Listen: Raphaely talks to SABC news on #SAfmplive

Molaudzi v The State: Media Summary

Justice delayed due to problem of lost court records

Justice for Breakfast: administrative inefficiencies in Gauteng’s courts


About witsjusticeproject
The Wits Justice Project combines journalism, advocacy, law and education to make the criminal justice system work better for all.

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