JOHANNESBURG - Months of anticipation finally came to an end for a South African family on Saturday.
The Krebs family fought 18 years to get their brother and son, Shani Krebs, released from a Thailand jail, after he was arrested in April 1994, for attempting to smuggle drugs.
Krebs (52), set foot on South African soil for the first time since the dawn of democracy.
He said he was still trying to process his return home.
“I haven’t slept the whole week... I was really nervous and having butterflies.” He said he was “extremely excited” to be back.
Krebs was initially sentenced to spend 100 years in a Thai prison, after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle heroin out of that country.
However, he was granted amnesty in December 2011.
His sister Joan said his release was a surreal moment for the family.
Krebs said he would spend the next few days catching up with loved ones and taking hot baths.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)