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Man spends a decade in a Zimbabwean jail after being falsely accused of murder

"I don't have any anger in my heart. People often ask me if I'd known what was to come before my conviction, and had a chance to run, would I have? My answer is no.

“I did have a chance but I refused. I never believed they would convict me for something I didn't do. And I would have been labelled guilty, been on the run for the rest of my life, and would never return to my family, friends, and everything I'd worked my whole life for.

“I'd built an honourable reputation and have always been as strong as my word. That would have destroyed me inside and I'm happy to say, my reputation still stands strong.” These are the words of a business man who spent 10 years behind bars in a jail in Zimbabwe for a murder he did not commit.

Rusty Labuschagne, a 60 year old man was a success business owner. He ran a safari outfit in Zimbabwe. He was falsely accused of drowning a poacher and was sentenced to 15 years in jail. During this time he was often transferred to different jails. He spent hundreds of thousands of rands trying to prove his innocence. Finally after serving 10 years in prison he was released.

The man who now resides in Cape Town with his wife does motivational talks around the country and has written a book, Beating Chains, which documents his stay in jail.

Source: https://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/news/businessman-crushed-by-a-decade-behind-bars-in-zimbabwe-after-being-falsely-accused-of-murder-34d62f84-cf70-430e-8077-3e6e34dcc580

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