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SA man sues Equatorial Guinea for wrongful imprisonment

He was accused of the theft of R1 million from an aviation deal with a local businessman and politician.

FILE: A screengrab picture showing Daniel Janse van Rensburg, upon his arrival back in South Africa after he had been detained in Equatorial Guinea.

JOHANNESBURG - Daniel Janse van Rensburg, the George resident who was wrongfully imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea, is now suing that country's government.

Janse van Rensburg was held in the Central African country's notorious Black Beach Prison on two occasions over a three-year period despite being cleared by a local court.

He was accused of the theft of R1 million from an aviation deal with a local businessman and politician.

The former detainee says his legal team has lodged an application for a civil suit in the Western Cape High Court.

"We discovered everything that was unjustly done to me and try to find a form to recover from this. Basically my career has been ended by this."

In September, Janse van Rensburg recalled how he became sick when the prison he was in ran out of food and water.

"For a period of about two months, there was very little food. I was very hungry and there was no water, it's a big problem. Whenever your mind starts to go negative you get very sick. I had malaria and got typhoid as well."

He said he was relieved the ordeal was behind him.

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