Zim duo to sue SA for R32 million

Six years after being acquitted of murder and kidnapping, migrants Memory Njani and Sidanisile Ngwenya, are suing the South African government for unlawful arrest and ill-treatment.

Wrongfully incarcerated Ngwenya and Njani.
Wrongfully incarcerated Ngwenya and Njani.

They were both wrongfully incarcerated on 9 June 2005 and acquitted of the charges a year later after a Westgate magistrate’s court found no evidence against them.

The duo was accused of kidnapping and murdering MDC member, Lungile Moyo, whose badly burnt body was found in a Johannesburg park in 2005.

Speaking to The Zimbabwean, a fuming Njani highlighted how she suffered at the hands of South African detectives after her arrest.

“I have never kidnapped or killed anyone in my life. The court cleared me, but now I want Interpol to take over that case as South African authorities failed to arrest the actual criminals,’’ she said.

Njani said the incarceration severely affected her life. She missed out on an education bursary and her house was reportedly burnt by the irate relatives of the deceased.

She spent more than a year in detention as the trial proceeded and appealed to lawyers to volunteer ‘‘to help me sue the South African state for R16-million for all the pain I suffered.’’

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